South African singer Jeanette Akua has the ‘Xhosa Factor’

South African-born X Factor UK contestant Jeanette Akua wowed the judges with more than just her singing voice, making it through to the bootcamp stage of the talent competition with her rendition of ‘Skinny Love’

South African and Proud: Jeanette Aqua

South African and Proud: Jeanette Akua

South African singer Jeanette Akua has secured her place in The X Factor bootcamp with her rendition of Bon Iver’s ‘Skinny Love’.

The 21-year-old beauty consultant wowed judges Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne, Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh with more than just her voice on Sunday’s episode.

Although Akua has lived in Romford, Essex for the last two years, she grew up all over South Africa and spoke fluent Xhosa on this week’s show.

“I am from the Xhosa tribe… I speak Xhosa, that’s my mother tongue,” said Akua.

After her onstage audition, which resulted in four yeses, Walsh said “ You have got star quality!”

“You are a vision,” said Osbourne, “See you at bootcamp.”

Akua had previously impressed the four judges in the closed room audition stage with her rendition of Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’.

Barlow said, “ Do I feel like I am in the room with a star? Absolutely!”

Akua said afterwards, “Getting four yeses in my room audition just proved to me that this dream of mine isn’t so crazy after all,”

The 100 contestants in bootcamp will be whittled down by approximately half for the Judges’ Houses stage.

If she makes it through to the Judges’ Houses, Akua will be in Scherzinger ’s group, the judge she would most like to “grind” with, she told the TalkTalk Backstage Party.

Between nine and 16 acts are expected to make it through to the live finals.

Most bookies have pegged Akua at 33/1 to win, though some are at 16/1.

See Akua in action on ITV player after the first ad-break (at 14 minutes):

How far do you think Jeanette Akua is going to go?

Source:Harriet Mann|

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