X Factor hopeful Kelly Mai Webb has spoken out in anger after being dumped from the show following a disastrous Sunday night performance.
Her rendition of Patti Smith’s ‘Because the Night’ was slated by notoriously ‘nasty’ judge Simon Cowell.
He told the 23-year-old: “It was like you had fallen out of a tent drunk and went for a walk”.
Now Kelly, who lives in Staining, is speaking out about the award-winning competition.
She said: “It’s a total set-up.” She went on to explain how contestants were observed in three separate auditions before meeting the star-studded panel - and that judges were handed pages of personal information on each would-be singer.
“They know from the start whether they want you or they don’t,” she said.
Kelly belted her way through three rounds of the competition before being dumped by judge Rita Ora at the ‘Six Chair Challenge’, where contestants are forced to battle it out on stage for a place in the judges’ houses round.
“I knew I wasn’t going through before I even got on stage,” she said. “Normally the cameras would be all over me, but that day they didn’t even talk to me.”
Despite this, Kelly’s bravery in the face of rejection has earned her admiration from the show’s fans. While other girls broke down in tears and begged, Kelly accepted the judges’ decision with a dignified nod. “I’ve had a lot of support from people back home,” she said.