Tragedy strikes for Janet

Tragedy strikes as Janet Devlin’s grandfather dies… but X Factor wannabe will miss funeral on Saturday to sing live

X Factor contestant Janet Devlin has made the agonising decision to miss her grandfather’s funeral to continue in the competition this weekend.

The 16-year-old, the youngest wannabe left in the show, was told the devastating news that her grandfather Michael had died in Northern Ireland on Wednesday evening.

The remaining contestants in the ITV show rallied round the young singer at the Hertfordshire mansion they are staying in.

A source close to the singer said: ‘Janet’s grandfather passed away yesterday evening and the funeral is taking place on Saturday.

‘Janet discussed the situation with her parents and it was decided that she should remain in the competition this weekend and not attend the funeral.

‘Janet’s grandfather was so proud of her and loved to listen to her sing, Janet and her family knew that he would want her to perform this weekend.’