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    Posted: 16 Oct 2011 at 14:44

'The people who booed should be ashamed of themselves': Kitty Brucknell silences her X Factor bullies and dazzles the judges with Alice In Wonderland-themed performance

By Kirsty Mccormack

Last updated at 1:01 AM on 16th October 2011

The theme on tonight's X Factor was love and heartache and Kitty Brucknell has certainly experienced heartache.

The 26-year-old singer wowed the judges again tonight with a rendition of Bjork's It's Oh So Quiet, but before that she spoke out about bullies and the reception she received on last week's show.

'The people who booed me last week should be ashamed of themselves,' she said.


Bullied: Kitty Brucknell, who performed a Bjork hit, explained how she almost left the show due to negative attention she's received

'Anyone who's ever been booed knows how horrible it feels.'

The blonde hopeful also explained that after all the bad press she received about her performance last week, something good also came out of it - a message from Queen guitarist, Brian May, who told her that he loved her performance of the band's hit last week.


She also revealed that she almost quit the show because of all the bullying that she's endured.


Speaking up: the blonde hopeful said that those who bullied her on last week's show should be 'ashamed of themselves.'

'It was the first time I have been bullied like that since I was a child. It took me to a very dark place,' she added.

But she certainly wasn't in a dark place as she performed tonight and finished the show on a high.

Singing Bjork's It's Oh So Quiet, Kitty was dressed as Alice in Wonderland, wearing a white dress with a bright blonde wig and a black headband and started her performance by laying on the stage which was adorned with giant playing cards.


Different: The blonde hopeful always manages to wow the judges yet she was booed on last week's show


Alice in Wonderland: Kitty enjoyed mad tea part as she sang a Bjork hit on the second live show

She then moved onto a large lit up dining table and was joined by dancers that included the mad hatter, the white rabbit and other characters from the famous Lewis Carrol novel.

And even though she left Tulisa feeling 'speechless' once again Kitty proved that she can sing and is a strong contender in the competition.


Dressed in white: Kitty didn't exactly look like Alice in Wonderland in her tutu dress and white boots

But before her there were eleven other performances of love and heartache.

First up to perform was boy band Nu Vibe who chose to sing their own version of U2's eighties hit, With Or Without You.


'No vibe': Louis and Gary weren't impressed with the boys chemistry on the live show tonight


Standing tall: Boy band Nu Vibe performed a U2 love song With Or Without You

Sixteen-year-old Ashford Campbell took the lead vocals as they boys stood on perspex boxes to perform.

Tulisa had told the boys that she was 'a bit disappointed' after their performance last week and that they had to put aside their differences and be like a family.


Singing to win: Nu Vibe opened up the show by performing an eighties hit

Whilst rehearsing the guys seemed stressed which resulted in Tulisa telling them to 'chill' but after their performance tonight she seemed happy saying: 'Vocally, you sounded so much better.'

But not everyone agreed.

Louis told the boys that he loved their boy band image but added: 'There's something missing, there's no vibe.'

To which Gary agreed saying: 'I'm sorry guys but no vibe for me. At this stage in the competition I would expect to hear vocals a lot tighter than this.'


Putting it down: Kelly Rowland was impressed with many of the acts on tonight's X Factor live show

Destiny's Child singer, Kelly Rowland, highly disagreed with the male judges by using her favourite phrase: 'I didn't know what to expect but I'm so happy you guys decided to put it down!'

Second in line to perform was 31-year-old Sami Brookes.

After her outstanding performance on the first live show which left Gary saying he would leave the competition if she didn't go through, Sami said she felt prepared to sing her chosen love song as she'd had her 'fair share of heartache.'


Singing her heart out: Sami Brookes sung a rendition of Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You

Wearing a teal maxi dress with a silver bolero, Sami looked completely different having had a complete make-over and sang Whitney Houston's I will Always Love You on a darkened stage.

Once again Gary wasn't entirely impressed.

'Let me start by saying you look absolutely stunning,' the Take That star told her. 'But that song was a bit too cruise ship for me.'

Seeing that the brunette had sung her heart out Kelly told her: 'Whoever broke your heart let me go stomp on his.

'You sang the heck out of that song.'

Tulisa agreed with her fellow female telling Sami: 'That is a massive song but you have a massive voice. Not many people can get away with singing that and nailing it but you did it.'


Made-over: Gary told the hopeful that she looked 'stunning' following her hair and make-up transformation

Following in Sami's footsteps was the 'likely lad from Liverpool, Craig Colton.

Telling the cameras that the first live show was a night 'to remember' Craig said that he's having the 'most amazing time.'

Wearing a black t-shirt, burgundy jeans, and a black leather jacket, Craig belted out Beyonce's recent hit Best Thing I Never Had.

And he certainly impressed the panel.


Singing Beyonce: Craig Colton sang Best Thing I Never Had and got a mixed reaction

Louis told the teen that he deserved to be on that stage to which Tulisa added: 'You have such an amazing voice.'

Once again, Kelly admitted she was biased to her 'sister's original version of the song but told Craig that he still delivered a great performance.

Never one to put down his own contestants, Gary said the song choice was perfect.

Craig finished by telling host Dermot O'Leary that he wasn't sure about the song at the start and when Dermot commented on how well he was looking, Craig replied: 'That's what happens when you eat lettuce!'


Real heartache: Janet Devlin, whose Grandfather passed away this week, sang an Elvis hit

Next up to perform was someone who had experienced real heartache in the past week.

Red head Janet Devlin unfortunately received the sad news that her Grandfather had passed away but Kelly told the audience that she had 'rose to the top.'

Singing Elvis' Can't Help Falling In Love, the 16-year-old wore a black and white lace dress with matching patterned tights and looked very emotional as she sang.

'I know you've had a tough week but it was a brilliant song choice. I love everything about you.'


Pretty in lace: The redhead looked glamorous in her matching dress and tights

Tulisa then told the hopeful that before she started her role as an X Factor judge, she had heard the song and decided she wanted one of her contestants to sing it -  but finished by telling Janet: 'No one could have sung that song like you.'

Gary agreed telling her: 'You're an absolute one off - you're a great translator of music.'


Singing to win: Frankie Cocozza sang The Scientist by Coldplay but failed to impress all of the judges

And of course referencing to the teen's recent heartache, Kelly told Janet that her 'G father would be proud.'

Following Janet was another one of Gary's boys.

Frankie Cocozza had worried during his rehearsals as Gary decided to change his song at the last minute which led to the 18-year-old forgetting the words when practicing.

Singing Coldplay's The Scientist, Frankie were a pair of grey skinny jeans with a black studded blazer.

When he finished his rendition, Frankie looked disappointed when Louis told him that it was an 'average song choice' and told the youngster that he'd 'lost his swagger.'


Outspoken: Judge Tulisa gave all the contestants good and constructive criticism

N-Dubz singer, Tulisa, told Frankie that he has star quality but also said she wasn't sure about the song choice: 'I'd like a bit of a shock factor from you, I feel you're capable of a lot more.'

His mentor Gary couldn't resist a sarcastic dig towards Louis Walsh, telling Dermot: 'I should have given him Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You.'

But before the panel even had a chance to ponder, they were presented with Harrow singer, Johnny Robinson.

The likeable singer was singing a tribute to one of his favourite stars, Kylie Minogue, and sang her hit I Just Can't Get You Out Of My Head.


Kylie fan: Hopeful Johnny Robinson sang the pop star's hit Can't Get You Out Of My Head

Wearing a Japanese kimono-type dress with black eyeliner on and a fan in his hand, Johnny was surrounded by a mixture of male and female dancers as he sang the Australian singer's tune.

Once again in shock from his performance, Tulisa told Johnny that he has the entertainment factor.

'I would love to see the vocals shine through though,' she said. 'You're not going to be every ones cup of tea but for now you're my cup of tea.'

Kelly was completely speechless, but finally told Johnny: 'I need to hear you sing.'


'Aladdin' wannabe: Johnny was dressed in a kimono and wore black eyeliner for his performance

Gary on the other hand had quite a lot to say: 'I'm actually quite sad because I don't want to laugh at you,' he said.

And when he told Johnny that he looked like a character from Aladdin, the 45-year-old replied saying: 'You can rub my lamp anytime Gary.'

He then told Dermot that he liked the comments and said he would love to do a ballad next week, before Dermot commented on his strangely long fingernail.


On fire: Marcus Collins sang Rihanna's hit Russian Roulette on the show but failed to show 'enough emotion'

Also singing a female pop star's hit was Marcus Collins who sang Rihanna's Russian Roulette.

Wearing a white shirt and a grey suit, the hairdresser seemed nervous as he performed.

Tulisa was the first to speak saying that it was the wrong song choice for the hopeful.

'It wasn't a good representation of you but you still deserve to be in the competition,' she said.

Kelly added that she would like to see more emotion from Marcus, but his mentor told him that he was 'brilliant.'


Funky foursome: Rhythmix sang a version of Nelly Furtado's I'm Like A Bird on tonight's show

Next up was the girl group of the competition - Rhythmix.

Wearing their usual funky attire and singing Nelly Furtado's I'm Like A Bird, the girls certainly impressed the judges after saying they want to 'break the X Factor curse of girl bands.'

'I'm so glad Tulisa saved you,' said Louis. 'That was fun.'

Tulisa passionately saluted the girls saying that the represent 'each and every young woman out there who was watching.'


Breaking the curse: the young girl band are hoping that they will go far in the competition unlike previous female bands

Next up was another young woman who goes by the name of Misha B.

Wearing a shiny purple jumpsuit with extremely large shoulder pads and her high quiff firmly in place, the 19-year-old sang Would I Lie To You - a song by American soul duo, Charles and Eddie.


Big and bold: Misha B stole the show when she sang the Charles and Eddie hit Would I Lie To You


Star quality: Gary told the 19-year-old that she was more like a guest star than a contestant on the show

Louis told the hopeful that he loved everything about the performance, but Gary made her really smile when he told her that he felt it was like watching 'a guest star not a contestant.'

Following Misha B was boy band, The Risk.


Ladies favourite: Second boy band The Risk sang a Bruno Mars hit and proved to be popular with the ladies

Loving the female attention, the boys sat on stools as they sang a rendition of the Bruno Mars hit, Just The Way You Are - and the panel loved it.

'There's always room for a good boy band,' said Louis. 'I'm going to predict big things for you.'

Gary agreed telling the guys that he only had two words for them: 'Pure class - that is what hard work and commitment sounds like.'


On a high: The boys seemed really pleased with their positive comments from the panel

Tulisa told her boys that they were amazing and officially named their female followers as the 'riskettes.'

Next up to sing was Sophie Habibis- who said she felt that she isn't as well known as the other hopefuls

Singing The Calling's hit, Wherever You Will Go, Sophie, 19, wore a bright red dress for her performance and looked pleased as Tulisa told her: 'I can really relate to you.'


Radiant in red: Sophie Habibis sang Wherever You Will Go by The Calling

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