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    Posted: 11 Sep 2010 at 14:34
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Shirl be back


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AXED X Factor star Shirlena Johnson was last night handed a lifeline by show boss Simon Cowell.

She will NOT return as a contestant but may sing live later in the series as a guest.

Cowell said he wanted to help Shirlena after he and other bosses decided against letting her return as a contestant on medical grounds.

He admitted he had been moved by Sun readers' calls to reinstate the single mum who has fought mental illness.

Cowell said: "I'm really frustrated for her. She is obviously upset and wants to do everything she can to come back.

"I would love to see her back on the show somehow - I don't know exactly how. But as The Sun's campaign has proved, viewers would like to see her again."

Show insiders explained the most likely option would see Shirlena, 30, return to sing at one of the live shows.

Wannabes who have not made it to this stage have returned for cameos in the past.

A source said: "It is always possible viewers may see her again in the live shows."

Last night Shirlena spoke of her sadness at not being given a second chance to be a contestant.

She said: "It's disappointing but if I had the opportunity to appear on the live shows that would make me happy and encourage me in my career."

She had impressed the judges with a wacky rendition of Duffy's Mercy.

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