All X Factor contestants gave their all, but it was urban starlet Misha B who really stole the show last night, winning the judges over again with her powerful performance and even receiving support from Man Utd star Rio Ferdinand who tweeted after her performance: ‘Misha B is the act to beat…what a version this is of this song…she is already soooo polished!’.
Misha B wowed the judges with her rousing performance of Charles and Eddie’s Would I Lie To You, with Louis saying that there is a ‘new urban queen in town’.
Tulisa told her: ‘Misha you just get better and better for me. Only two weeks we’ve seen you and both times you’ve reinvented yourself so I can’t wait to see what’s to come.
‘You’ve really given your all up there and you’ve got that shock factor, you change it up and I hope you keep inventing yourself each week, that was an amazing performance.’
Gary Barlow praised her performance, saying: ‘The queen of soul Misha B, that was extraordinary. It’s very strange because watching you isn’t like watching a contestant, it’s like watching one of the guest artists we have on this show. You really are another level.’
It was a moment of incredible pride for Misha, who for many years believed that her aunt, Lily Johnson, 56, was her mum.
“She only told me she wasn’t my real mum when I was aged 10, which was pretty hard to get my head round,” says Misha. “I’m not sure why my auntie chose to tell me when she did.
“I still don’t really know what was wrong with my mother and why she couldn’t look after me. All I’ve been told is that she was ill.”
Misha, who has never met her father, says her mum Florence, 46, lives only two miles away from her in Manchester. She has met her briefly a few times but has never had the chance to ask the questions she’d most like to.
“I’ve not seen her this year and and I don’t have any plans to invite her down to the show. We don’t have that kind of relationship. She hasn’t tried to contact me since I’ve been on. Maybe I will get in touch one day, but only when I’m ready.”
Misha says she is focused on X Factor and her future. And she has a similarly mature attitude towards the heartache of being abandoned by both parents.
And if Misha does win X Factor she plans to use her experiences to help others.
“I want to set something up called Misha B’s Dream, Believe, Achieve Foundation,” she says. “There are a lot of young people out there who haven’t been given a chance.
“I want to show them that if I can make it, then anyone can.”
She says she’s fully committed to winning the show and is hugely grateful to her mentor, Kelly Rowland, 30, who she says is “amazing”.
It has been reported that Misha had angered her mentor after misbehaving with a number of the production staff. According to reports Misha B has been berating X Factor workers and vocal coach Anne-Marie Speed. Crew on X Factor have reportedly nicknamed Misha B ‘the diva from hell’, claiming that the young singer and rapper has told people that she has ‘already won’ the show.
The teen has apparently been acting arrogant since becoming a show favourite last week, going out of control. Apparently Kelly just snapped and told Misha that unless she packs it in, she’ll be sent packing herself. Kelly then allegedly made the Manchester pop-wannabe say sorry to everyone on set.
But it appeared as though all was forgiven between Kelly Rowland and Misha B on tonight’s episode of The X Factor.
After another standout performance by the 19-year-old singer, Kelly gushed over her rendition of Would I Lie to You by Charles and Eddie.
‘I am so proud, you worked very hard this week and hard work pays off,’ Kelly told her.
‘Continue to continue to continue to turn it up a notch!’