TETNEY’S Ella Henderson remains favourite to take this year’s X Factor crown after another ‘stunning’ performance on the first live show on Saturday.
The 16-year-old’s rendition of Take That’s Rule The World has drawn praise from around the music world, including songwriter and judge Gary Barlow.
On a controversial Sunday night Ella’s place in round two was never in doubt after her performance the previous evening.
Gary Barlow said: “There’s nothing I hate more than someone signing my song ten times better than me, that was absolutely stunning.”
Fellow judge Nicole Scherzinger also described Ella as ‘stunning’ and ‘from another planet’ while N-Dubz singer Tulisa Contostavlos told her she was ‘untouchable’.
But it was Louis Walsh’s comment which will have given Ella most satisfaction, he said she was the best female singer on the show since Leona Lewis (2006 winner).
Ella, who only completed her GCSE exams in the summer, said after hearing the judge’s reactions that her performance had given her the best feeling of her life.
“A couple of weeks ago I was singing in my bedroom at home and now I’m here, shooting into this limelight is quite overwhelming,” she added.
Afterwards she took to Twitter to address her 170,000 followers. “What a Busy weekend! So excited for this upcoming week now though! Thank u guys for all our love and support! It really means the world,” she said.
Now, with nine more weeks of live shows left, few are looking past Ella for the overall victory with some bookmakers listing her as evens for the win.
The show ended in farcical fashion after Louis Walsh changed his mind after initially backing Carolynne Poole, before sending the final two to the public vote which saw Rylan Clark eventually go through. Fellow judge Gary Barlow then stormed off, apparently in anger at seeing his young protégé voted off.
Ella will be back in action on Saturday as she bids to make it into the third live show and continue her growing momentum.