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Kelly Rowland rescues X Factor hopeful from axe

29 Jun 2011
Kelly Rowland put herself on the line for an auditionee during the latest 'X Factor' auditions when she walked off the panel to get a girl group singer to try out as a solo artist.

The former Destiny's Child singer was impressed with singer Chrissie Pitt but her and the rest of the judges - Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh - didn't like her group Twisted.

After the band was rejected, Kelly went after Chrissie to have a heart-to-heart chat with her and insisted she would only return if she was allowed to audition again on her own.

Kelly told Chrissie: "What are you doing with these doo-wop singers? You don't need them, you're a stand-alone singer. You have such a good, powerful and melodic voice."

The 30-year-old star has now vowed to make 26-year-old Chrissie - who was ditched at the boot camp stage of the ITV1 singing competition last year - her protege after she was put through by the panel as a solo artist.