X Factor 2011: Amelia Lily and Janet Devlin hit out at age critics

Amelia Lily

X Factor youngsters Amelia Lily and Janet Devlin have hit out at critics suggesting 16 is too young for The X Factor. A number of fans of the show, including judge Gary Barlow, suggested that the age limit should be raised to 18.

Robbie Williams, who helped Gary out at judges' houses earlier this year, said recently of the show's teenagers: “If it was my son or my daughter I don’t think I would be pushing them that early.

“By 18 or 19, you’ve found yourself, you’ve left school, hung out with mates, you’ve got a better sense of yourself.”

But 16-year-old contenders Janet and Amelia disagreed.

Speaking to TellyMix, Amelia said: "It's not really about age, it's about how mature they are as a person. Some people can be older and not handle the pressure, we're coping really well even though we're 16.”

Amelia agreed, adding: "I don't think Kelly would've put us through if she didn't think we could handle the pressure."

The teenager continued: "I think more and more younger people are getting onto The X Factor every year now. There was Cher Lloyd last year and all of One Direction, and now me and Janet, and Nu Vibe.

"It's kind of like 'We can do it!' Just because we're young doesn't mean we can't handle it."

The X Factor 2011 continues tomorrow as Janet, Amelia and the rest of the final 16 perform live for the first time.

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