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Gospel singer gets 4 'yeses' at X Factor audition

Sun 30 Aug 2015
By Antony Bushfield

A Gospel singer has made it through to the next stage of TV talent show The X Factor after her rendition of Mary Mary's Shackles.

Jennifer Phillips, from Camden, was originally planning to perform Beyoncé's 'Halo' but she was convinced by the panel to change her mind.

During her performance Phillips received a standing ovation from judges Rita Ora, Nick Grimshaw and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

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When she had finished head judge Simon Cowell also got to his feet for the 49-year-old part time carer.

Rita Ora told the singer she "can't sit down" because she "just needed a constant standing ovation".

"To coin a phrase, you took us to church, girl," said Cheryl Fernandez-Versini. "I mean listen to them, they're going mad for you".

Nick Grimshaw added: "It wasn't even like an audition, I felt like I was at a Jennifer Phillips concert".

"It's a magical moment up here," said Phillips.

Simon Cowell told her it was also "magical" for him: "You define the word joy".

The second episode of The X Factor will air at 8pm on Sunday August 30.

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