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VIDEO: Lincolnshire X-Factor star Ella Henderson prepares for live shows

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 05, 2012

  • On song: Ella Henderson is hoping she can wow The X Factor judges when the live shows begin

  • X Factor judges: Louis Walsh, Tulisa Contostavlos, Nicole Scherzinger and Gary Barlow

  • Belief: Lincolnshire's Ella Henderson won the backing of superstar Cher as she won a place in the live stages of The X Factor

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X-Factor star Ella Henderson hopes to wow fans with some upbeat performances after making it to the live shows.

Millions tuned in to ITV to see the talented Lincolnshire teenager picked by mentor Tulisa as one of the finalists in this year's competition.

And while rehearsals for the first live show on Saturday, October 6, are still under way, our Ella, 16, is already favourite to be crowned this year's champion.

She won the hearts of the nation with her first audition, singing a self-penned song inspired by her late grandfather.

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And at boot camp, she was backed by global superstar Cher after performing her own stripped down version of the singer's 1998 hit Believe.

At the judge's houses stage in Saint Lucia, the star-in-the- making put her own "Ella twist" on Jason Mraz's I Won't Give Up, which secured her place in the final line-up.

Speaking to the Echo, Ella said that her grandfather, who encouraged her to sing and perform from a young age, would be proud that she had made it so far. She said: "I think if he was here, he would be turning round to my family and saying 'I told you so'.

"From when I was a child he was always telling me I was born to perform and he always gave me the confidence to stand up in front of everyone and sing.

"I just know he'd be so, so proud that I've made it through to the live shows."

It was one of the most important moments in her life when mentor Tulisa told a tearful Ella that she was through to the next round.

"You've got all the things it takes to be a popstar," said Tulisa.

"Every time you perform, you're some sort of old school, graceful movie star and it's so ahead of your years.

"You deserve it, you really do. You're a little star and we're going through to the live shows."

Ella explained: "My stomach was churning and my heart was in my throat when she said it. I was so, so excited and completely shocked.

"The six of us are so different with our own styles and the other girls are so talented, so it was completely down to what Tulisa thought she could work with."

Since then, a raft of celebrity names have pledged their support for our Ella, including Spandau Ballet's Martin Kemp and last year's X Factor winners Little Mix.

But despite all her success, Ella told the Echo that she is still in a state of disbelief.

She said: "It just doesn't seem real.

"When I look at all the support online on Twitter or all the text messages, it feels like it's someone else and not actually me. It's crazy and surreal and I'm just learning how to handle it all because it's happening so fast.

"I'm loving every single minute though. Singing is something that I've always wanted to do and it's crazy to think that now I'm showing the country and the world what I'm capable of.

"I'm so excited for the live shows now and it's going to be exciting to do new songs, different songs and try to surprise the public.

"At the moment, people think I just sing slow ballads and I can't wait till I can perform something more upbeat."

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  • IT_MAN  |  October 05 2012, 6:46PM

    Give it your all Ella you are wonderfull, I loved your first song saying good by to your grandad, I am not an Xfactor watcher but I hope you win, you deserve it.

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