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Gary Barlow stunned by performance from Lincolnshire's Ella Henderson on X Factor

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 11, 2012

Singing sensation Ella Henderson

Singing sensation Ella Henderson

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Singing sensation Ella Henderson is working around the clock to wow the nation with her best performance yet in this week's X Factor.

The star in the making is still odds-on favourite to win this year's competition after blowing the judges away with her version of Take That's Rule The World.

Millions tuned in on Saturday to see the 16-year-old, from Tetney, steal the show and make it look effortless.

But while taking a break from rehearsals for this weekend's live shows, she told the Echo that behind the scenes it was a different story.

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"Before my performance on Saturday I was so nervous," she said.

"Two minutes before walking on stage I just had to gather myself and take myself into my zone and just gave the best performance I could have given.

"It was definitely nerve-wracking, but such an incredible feeling.

"And coming off the stage, I felt such an adrenaline rush.

"The judges' comments were amazing and I definitely feel that I need to maintain – if not improve – my level of performance each week."

"I'm now preparing myself for this weekend's live show and making sure my song is ready and up to scratch.

"Basically, any time I have to myself I try to use it wisely.

"So if I'm feeling tired, I'll have a nap, but if I'm feeling unsure with something about my performance I will try and spend more time in my room working on it.

"My way of staying focused is to make sure I'm doing everything in my power to give the best performance I can give on the Saturday.

"But I'm also making sure I don't take everything too seriously and allowing myself to have fun and just enjoy this amazing and rapid experience."

Despite the controversy surrounding country singer Carolynne Pool losing out to Rylan Clark in the first live shows, there was never any doubt that our Ella would go through.

She received a standing ovation from Nicole Scherzinger, her mentor Tulisa and the man who wrote the song she performed, Gary Barlow.

"I've got to be honest, there's nothing I hate more than someone singing my song ten times better than me," said Barlow, after taking to his seat.

"That was absolutely stunning – oh my God.

"People can learn to sing at 16 but to feel the way you sing and the way you put the song across, it's absolutely extraordinary."

And the praise for the talented teenager continued across the board with Nicole Scherzinger calling the performance a "blessing" and Louis Walsh saying Ella was the "best female singer on the show since Leona Lewis".

Finally, mentor Tulisa hailed her young protégé as the performer of the night.

"What you do is untouchable," she said.

"As the youngest person in this competition, you showed everyone how it's done."

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  • OldLincolnia  |  October 12 2012, 2:43PM

    It has never been a singing contest and remember people with real talent simply don't go anywhere near X-Factor or other similar nonsense. Hope she enjoys her 15 mins of fame, but if she really is talented somebody needs to guide her well away from such garbage.

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  • poorman2  |  October 12 2012, 11:10AM

    I find it a pity that someone with such a natural, raw talent feels that they have to enter this obviously fixed contest. They will sacrifice her for someone who cannot sing. Ella would be better off withdrawing and putting herself in the hands of an agent who really cares.

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  • Pete67  |  October 12 2012, 9:13AM

    I haven't watched as such since the JEdward farce, but I can imagin if she happens to be in the bottom two against someone who can't sing she'll be out. It may be supposed to be a singing contest, but it's changed a lot since those days.

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