BUCKHAVEN singer Jade Richards said she was ‘gutted’ after her X Factor dream came to a surprising end on Sunday night.
Kelly Rowland’s decision to opt for Janet Devlin (16), Sophie Habibis (19), Amelia Lily (16) and Misha Bryan (19), was easily the shock of the competition so far.
Immediately fans from Fife and further afield took to social networking sites Facebook and Twitter to express their support for Jade (21) as well as to vent their anger at the former Destiny’s Child singer’s decision.
But Jade was more magnanimous and simply told how upset she was not to be going through to the live shows.
She said: “I am gutted to have to go home and tell everybody it’s a ‘no’ and I wasn’t good enough.
“I have probably blown the best chance I ever had.”
At Jade’s first audition in Glasgow, Kelly was reduced to tears by her performance of Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ but in Miami she seemed less impressed, with she and guest judge Jennifer Hudson agreeing Jade had some ‘kinks’ in her performances of ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’, originally by Bonnie Raitt, and bluesy song ‘You Don’t Know Me’, shown on ITV 2’s The Xtra Factor.
On delivering her verdict, Kelly questioned whether Jade would be diverse enough for the different themes of each week.
She added: “When I saw you the first time, you moved me to tears. You have this incredible voice... and it’s in you because you come from so much emotion.
“Sometimes, there’s a wall up, but you still feel it some kind of way, and that is magical. I know what a big opportunity this would be and I know how it would change your life and I know how it would change your family’s life... I can’t put you through.”
However, a determined Jade seems to have bounced back already as almost immediately after the show, new videos of her performing were posted on YouTube by music promotion group Key Star UK.
Two videos feature Jade, one singing a remix of Florence and the Machine’s ‘You’ve Got the Love’ alongside singer/rapper Junk Star Kids and the other features fellow X Factor rejects Joe Cox and The Keys.
You can view both videos on the East Fife Mail’s Facebook page now.
‘Your song has just begun’ is the verdict from readers
A NUMBER of Mail readers logged on to the East Fife Mail’s Facebook page immediately after the show on Sunday evening with the majority thinking Jade deserved to have gone through.
Many also speculated on what X Factor host Dermot O’Leary meant at the end of the programme when he revealed there would be a ‘big twist’ on Saturday’s first live show.
But with 16 contestants and only 10 weeks of the competition left it seems more likely that a number of acts will be voted off, rather than Jade coming in on a wildcard.
From Facebook Linda Alexander, simply stated: “Jade was good enough. Bad decision.”
Lynne Gilmour, added: “Devastated for Jade, still can’t get over she said she wasn’t good enough! Never think that, girl!”
Heather Donaldson remarked she thought the competition was ‘fixed’ and Andrea McDonald said: “No way will Janet go all the way.”
Most posts focused on Jade’s future, Terry Maxwell said: “I’ll be looking out for your gigs and music.”
Molly Logie added: “Look forward Jade you have one long singing career in front of you.”
However some felt Kelly maybe made the right decision.
Megan Hughes said: “Although Jade’s very first audition and judges’ houses reduced me to tears... could she do big, fun and extravagant?”