Bella Ferraro just missed out on a place in The X Factor grand final when she was eliminated last night.
Bella Ferraro just missed out on a place in The X Factor grand final when she was eliminated last night. Samantha Jade and Jason Owen were the first two to go through, with The Collective taking the third spot after a deadlock decider. Of all the finalists, 17-year-old Bella has probably had the most highs and lows — her spectacular first audition set the bar for the show, as well as the standard the judges expected of her each week. With mentor Natalie Bassingthwaighte as her number one supporter, Bella got through tough criticism and even online bullying to make it to the top four. We spoke to Bella about the show’s biggest challenges, her friendship with Samantha, and how she really felt about the judges constantly going back to the “magic” of her audition.
Is it easier or harder to perform the sing for your life compared to the Monday live show?
It just depends what mindset you’re on. For some people it can be hard to sing the sing for your life because they could be really shocked and upset that they’re in the bottom two. This is what I tend to think: ‘I’m in the bottom two. That’s OK. I’ve just got to smash this performance. I’ve got to make Nat proud of me.’ I hope I did that last night. I still haven’t watched the performance back so I can’t comment. I sometimes think it’s easier because when I’m in the bottom two I use that — it’s not really shock, because I kind of expected it — I use the feeling of being in the bottom two to better my performance.
You probably had one of the hardest times on the show for a few reasons — what was the most challenging part?
I think the most challenging part for me was that the longer I was there, the more I had to learn. Vocally I became very exhausted because I’d never sung for three months every day before. Physically I’m drained and I’m just exhausted. I think it got hard to perform well when you’re so tired.
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