A TETNEY schoolgirl has won the hearts of the nation after a sensational performance on ITV’s The X-Factor on Saturday night.
Sixteen-year-old Ella Henderson gave a moving performance of ‘Missed’, a song she wrote about her late grandfather Bill, and has been installed as second favourite with the bookmakers to win the talent competition outright.
Ella received a standing ovation from the crowd and wowed the panel of superstar judges on the night.
On the show, filmed in London earlier this year, Ella revealed that she was part way through her GCSE exams, the results of which she is anxiously awaiting this week.
She told the packed arena that she had been writing her own songs since the age of 13, and said: “My grandad is the reason why I’m singing.”
After Ella’s emotional rendition, Spice Girl Melanie Brown said: “What we just witnessed was incredible, your songwriting is so clever.”
Judge Louis Walsh and Take That singer Gary Barlow were equally impressed with her voice, the latter saying Ella was ‘out of this world’.
“That really was something special,” he said.
N-Dubz singer Tulisa Contostavlos told Ella she had fallen in love with her.
She said Ella was ‘the one person I really want to mentor’ before all four judges agreed to give her a resounding yes, sending her through to the boot camp stage of the competition.
“I can’t really explain the feeling, just the reaction to a song I’ve written means so much,” Ella said.
Ella has shot to fame since her audition, appearing on a number of television shows including ITV’s This Morning where she told presenters how she almost missed her X-Factor audition because of her GCSE exams.
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