X Factor 2013 – meet Nicole Scherzinger’s Judges’ Houses girls

Nicole whipped her girl group into shape before securing these six top girls a spot at her Judges' Houses

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Melanie McCabe

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LOCATION: Dublin

OCCUPATION: Student

This is Melanie’s fourth time auditioning for X Factor. She first appeared on the show aged 14 in 2008 making it to Bootcamp. In 2011 she also made it through to Kelly Rowland’s Judges’ Houses but was unsuccessful and last year she got through to the Bootcamp stage of the competition. This year she is more ready than ever for the competition and she hopes that she will blow the judges away. 

ROOM SONG: Diamonds – Rhianna

ROOM SONG: Diamonds – Rhianna

ARENA SONG: Titanium – David Guetta

BOOTCAMP SONG: The One that Got Away – Katy Perry


Abi Alton

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LOCATION: Guisborough

OCCUPATION: Morrison’s sales assistant

Abi feels as though there are not a lot of opportunities in terms of music where she lives, and has been doing some gigs at local venues in preparation for her audition. She lives at home with both her mum and dad and says that her dad is her number one fan who takes her everywhere; he is her ‘best mate’. She works as a sales assistant in Morrison’s but finds it really ‘boring’. She wowed the judges and the arena audience with a self-penned song about heartbreak.

ROOM SONG: Travelling Solider – Dixie Chicks

ARENA SONG: Jigsaw – original song

BOOTCAMP SONG: A Little Respect – Erasure


Tamera Foster

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LOCATION: Gravesend, Kent

OCCUPATION: Starting college in September to study Musical Theatre

After originally being part of singing duo Silver Rock, the judges decided to split the two up and put both Tamera and Jerrie Dila in the girls’ category as they felt as though they had no chemistry together. The duo only met a short time prior to their audition and had only rehearsed twice together beforehand. During her room audition Tamera struggled to remember all the lyrics to the song but still managed to wow the judges with her vocal range. 

ROOM SONG: End of Time – Beyonce (as part of Silver Rock)

ARENA SONG: I Have Nothing – Whitney Houston

BOOTCAMP SONG: Stay – Rhianna


Hannah Barrett

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AGE: 17

LOCATION: South London

OCCUPATION: Student, studying her A Levels

Music has always been close to Hannah’s heart after she lost her father when she was only 9 years old: he was her inspiration and initially got her into music introducing her to artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Lauren Hill and Anita Baker. For Hannah this competition is all about the music and soul, rather than the fame. She started singing in her local church and this is where people urged her to pursue a singing career as they all noticed her shining talent. Hannah wowed the judges with her emotional rendition of Emeli Sande’s Read All About It in her room audition. 

ROOM SONG: Read all About it – Emeli Sande

ARENA SONG: One Night Only – Jennifer Hudson

BOOTCAMP SONG: I’d Rather Go Blind – Etta James


Jade Richards

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LOCATION: Buckhaven, Fife

OCCUPATION: Unemployed

Back and ready to prove that she deserves a place in the competition after being unsuccessful at Judges’ Houses in 2011, Jade has been doing a series of charity gigs, as well as local ones in pubs, clubs and functions in attempt to build on her confidence. She is currently unemployed and lives at home with her mum, brother and two step brothers.

ROOM SONG: When I was your Man – Bruno Mars

ARENA SONG: Back to Black – Amy Whinehouse

BOOTCAMP SONG: Clown – Emeli Sande


Relley C

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LOCATION: Birmingham

OCCUPATION: Hotel House keeper

Relley has been singing since she could talk, and writing songs since the age of 12 when her nan bought her her first piano. She used to take part in talent competitions at school, and now she is gigging more than ever before. Her dream is to have her music heard all around the world and to make her dad proud. After getting 4 ‘yeses’ in her room audition, Relley’s arena audition failed to live up to the promise although the judges gave her another chance putting her through to Bootcamp.

ROOM SONG: Don’t you worry child – Swedish House Mafia

ARENA SONG: Blind Faith – Chase and Status

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BOOTCAMP SONG: Respect – Aretha Franklin