X didn’t mark spot for singer

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CAT Vas ex­pected to be one of the first sent home on The X Fac­tor be­cause she’s not pop star ma­te­rial. The vo­cal coach was bat­tling bron­chi­tis when she lost a singoff to Joelle on Mon­day and be­came the sec­ond artist elim­i­nated from the re­al­ity TV tal­ent show. Vas (pic­tured) says her ill­ness did not de­tract from her per­for­mances dur­ing Sun­day and Mon­day live shows. She had al­ways be­lieved her time on the re­al­ity show would be short lived. ‘‘I am so grate­ful that I got as far as I did be­cause I knew I was go­ing early in the show . . . I knew I was not a pop star,’’ says Vas. ‘‘In a sense they have gone on about me be­ing a vo­cal teacher, but I gig full time, so for me it’s not about fame or be­ing a pop star, I just love mu­sic and per­form­ing.’’ The singer/song­writer, 27, says she never got to un­leash her tal­ent be­cause she was tied to do­ing new takes on old songs. Al­though aware of the cover ver­sion for­mat of The X Fac­tor, deep down she wanted to break out and per­form tunes more her in vo­cal range and style. ‘‘I didn’t do any orig­i­nals and I would have loved to have done mu­sic which was more in my lane,’’ she says. ‘‘But to have got­ten as far as I did, in not nec­es­sar­ily my genre, was huge and I am so grate­ful.’’ Vas says ap­pear­ing on The X Fac­tor im­proved her self-con­fi­dence and made her be­lieve more in her own abil­ity. She re­leased an EP be­fore she was cho­sen for The X Fac­tor and will start work an an­other, which she also hopes to pro­duce in com­ing weeks. ‘‘This has helped me get over self-doubt and in­se­cu­ri­ties and I feel like I can do any­thing now.’’

The X Fac­tor: Sun­days, 6.30pm; Mon­days, 7.30pm, Seven, Prime7.

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