Pop reject Chenai Zinyuku spoke of her disappointment today after becoming the latest contestant to be booted off TV talent show the X Factor.
But the 19-year-old, who also revealed that tensions between the contestants were beginning to grow as they were whittled down by the judges, vowed to continue her bid for stardom.
The Bradford teenager, who was also a contestant of the ITV1 series last year, was kicked off last night after a nail-biting showdown with soulful soloist Nicholas Dorsett.
After judge Sharon Osborne chose to send home Nicholas and Simon Cowell opted to kick out Chenai, Louis Walsh was left with the task of casting the deciding vote between two of his acts.
Chenai said she guessed her time was up when she was pitted against the 17-year-old because she believed Walsh would be more likely to save a boy, calculating that he would be more likely to win the show.
“It wasn’t that difficult a decision for Louis to make.
“I always knew that if it was down to me and one of the boys, he’d keep one of the boys, because they’re more likely to win .
“Louis has turned to me before and said ’Boys pull the votes in’. He’s in it to win it as well as us”
The youngster said her failure has not really sunk in yet.
“It’s just a bit surreal, it’s surreal when you make it and it’s surreal when you don’t,” she said.
“You look forward to going home and seeing everybody and you’re a bit gutted that you’ve left the competition but you’re hoping it’s just the start, because you’ve been living in a bubble for so long and now it’s time to step out of that bubble and show everyone what you can do.
“I definitely still want to go into music and I just need to figure out how I’m going to do that.”
Chenai said there were no rivalries about performances between the contestants in the house they share in West Hampstead, but revealed that as time went on the atmosphere was getting more tense and people’s “true colours” were coming out.
“Everybody’s personalities are developing and coming out,” she said.
“There’s no frills attached any more – what you see is what you get with everybody in the house.
“The stronger characters can tend to undermine the other characters in there.
“It’s what happens when you get put in a house with lots of other people, it’s obvious there’s going to be personality clashes.”
The soul and funk fan, who last night gave a rendition of Always on My Mind, quashed reports that she had had a romance with fellow contestant Shayne Ward and said she didn’t even fancy him.
Chenai joked that “stupidness” had led her to try out for the how for a second time.
There are now eight acts left in the competition.