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X Factor contestant Melanie McCabe reveals how Gary Barlow saved her career

MusicBy Eddie Rowley
Melanie McCabe
Melanie McCabe

SHE is famous as the four-time X Factor contestant who failed to make the live show, but Irish singer Melanie McCabe reveals that Gary Barlow saved her career.

Melanie (22), who switched on the Christmas lights in Dublin last week, is now a successful performer in her own right.

“I had no confidence when I went into The X Factor, but Gary Barlow took me aside and helped me believe in myself,” Melanie reveals.

The talented Dublin beauty told the Sunday World: “The person I wanted to impress on The X Factor was Gary. I really looked up to him because he’s such an amazing songwriter and so successful in life. And he took a shine to me and was always giving me advice.”

When Melanie, who comes from Glasnevin, went back to see the X Factor live show, Gary took her aside and gave her personal coaching.

“Gary was so lovely, he gave me loads of tips. And the fact that he believed in me after I didn’t get through made me persevere. It’s the reason I’m here today,” she adds.

* MELANIE McCabe will perform in concert at the Civic Theatre Tallaght next Sunday, Nov 29.