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Exclusive: 'X Factor' Kitty Brucknell gives her verdict on the class of 2012

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Kitty Brucknell

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Kitty Brucknell was our favourite contestant on last year's X Factor. Ballsy, bonkers and slightly scary, her performances were always unpredictable and nearly always the highlight of the Saturday night live shows.

The 2012 series has missed a character like Kitty, so we gave her a call to find out where this year's acts are going wrong and ask what musical plans she's got up her sleeve.

The X Factor Results Show: Kye Sones
Kitty on Kye...
"Kye was a little bit boring. He had a touch of the Waissels about him. As soon as he was in the bottom two, he changed. He would say, 'This is the new me', and he'd turn into Robbie Williams. That irritated me. I felt that he didn't know what he wanted to do as an artist.

"That annoyed me as a viewer. He was the guitar player, the piano man, the Chris Martin, Coldplay guy. And that connected me with him. What didn't connect was him prancing around pretending to be Robbie. Even though he was a really good singer, he was in the bottom two twice and I'm figuring that was because he lost the connection with the public."

The X Factor Live Show 5: Rylan
Kitty on Rylan....
"I agree with Tulisa, I want to see Rylan every week. And I'm so glad he got to sing a ballad. And in the sing-off he gave a really good performance and was actually in tune. I think his performance on Saturday was his best so far as well. I want him to get to the final. I want to see what he'd do on the stage.

"I am attracted to people who aren't afraid. I'd buy his records. I would. We forget that Jedward are one of the show's most successful acts ever. There is a market for that sort of act. When you put it all together, money and records, Jedward are up there with Leona and Alexandra. And Rylan could do as well as them - he's very entertaining."

The X Factor Live Show 5: Christopher Maloney
Kitty on Chris Maloney....
"Someone is voting for Chris Maloney. His nan has clearly got a very big phone bill!

"X Factor is not a talent show first and foremost. It's a reality show. And when you have someone like Chris, who has a backstory, who connects with viewers, people are more likely to pick up the phone for him. The regional vote is important with Chris as well.

"Also, people do forget that he's singing music that people like. The record-buying public are not all teenagers. There are people who buy music in their 40s and 50s. So when you get acts like Susan Boyle and Mary Byrne, they do very well. These people actually sell records and there's a gap in the market for someone like Chris. Personally, I don't like him, but I can understand why people do.

"I do think throwing him under the bus every single week in the VT is very unfair as well and talking about his bad press just seemed below the belt.

"But I do feel that better singers have gone home before him and that bugs me. I want people that I can connect with in the final. But then again, I'm not your average person, so who knows."

The X Factor Live Show 5: Jahmene
Kitty on Jahmene....
"I love him. He's my favourite. I'm not sure he would sell records in this country. I think he would sell millions in America and worldwide, but I'm not sure in the UK. I think we've tried artists like that before and it doesn't work. However, there's always a first time and I certainly would be first in line to buy his record.

"He's like a male Leona. I can totally see why Louis loves him and I think he'd be a worthy winner. I like the fact he has some personal experience to draw from as well, he's not a stage school kid."

X Factor contestant James Arthur leaving a dance studio.
London, England - 30.10.12
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Kitty on James Arthur...
"My mum doesn't get James Arthur. She shouts at the TV every week he comes on. I don't really get his type of music. It's a bit too angry and emo for me. And I don't find him very likeable. I know it shouldn't be about that, it should be about being an artist. But I do think to his credit that he would be the sort of person who would make a great album. He definitely seems like a real artist.

"I just hope the show doesn't turn him into another Matt Cardle. Don't get me wrong, Matt Cardle is amazing, but I don't think he gets any credit for being an artist or what he's like live because he won the show. So I don't think James should win and that will work out better for him. It was the same with Lucy, if she won, she'd have been screwed - they'd have made her do Kate Nash covers most likely."

The X Factor Live Show 5: Ella Henderson
Kitty on Ella Henderson...
"I don't know much about her and I don't know what school she went to, but just from the way she acts, I'd guess Italia Conti. She's very, very trained and not just vocally. She seems very media-trained. I'm not sure I would buy her album, because we already have an Adele. I don't buy into artists that are so safe like that. I know it's popular, but it's just not my thing.

"Don't get me wrong, she has a great voice. It's captivating and she is so talented for her age, it's unreal. But I like my artists to shake things up and ask questions. But Ella is very nice. She will probably win and the best of luck to her. She's the perfect winner for the show.

"Tulisa has described her as mature quite a few times. And if I was a teenager, I don't want my pop acts to be mature. When I was 16, I liked the Spice Girls. They had ups, downs, they weren't great singers, they were rebellious. Ella is just very much in a straight line."

The X Factor Live Show 5: Union J
Kitty on Union J & District3
"I should support Union J because I know Jaymi, I've hung out with him at a gig. But District3 are good as well. They're both good. And Louis has been slaying it this year with his boybands.

"There is a market for them at the moment. Because One Direction have got so big, there is a vacuum. One Direction are so big now that if I was a fan of them, I wouldn't feel like they were attainable. You'd never feel like you could ever date a member of One Direction anymore. Whereas Union J, 'Oh they're just out of X Factor - they may still be looking for a girlfriend'.

"Union J are a bit more like One Direction and would just fit in behind them. I think District3 are more of a vocal harmony group and that's why they've had more trouble getting the right songs every week. I think District3 should perform with a Hunger Games theme this week!"

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The X Factor 2011: Results Show 8

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Kitty on her X Factor experience...
"I tried to do something different. I tried to buck the trend. I didn't want to do songs about my mum or make claims that I was an international recording artist and then disappear in a week.

"I always thought, 'Wouldn't it be amazing if the show had a real showgirl on it. Someone who does amazing dance routines and puts on a show'. But then again, maybe I'm not the normal viewer. Maybe the normal viewers want to see Christopher Maloney!

"I think maybe it's missing a bit of fun this year. It does miss Simon. I love Nicole Scherzinger and she's amazing - I would have loved spending time with her. Another problem I have now is that there's only one girl left in the competition. And I like female singers, I'm not really into boys as much."

Kitty on avoiding reality TV...
"When I came off the show, management did try to push me into other shows. They set meetings up for Celebrity Big Brother without my knowledge and I was horrified. I did go through a dark time at the beginning of the year and shed a lot of tears. But I've never been about the fame. That's never interested me.

"It's not about falling out of nightclubs for me. I got offered things like Come Dine with Me and I love that show, I'm obsessed with daytime TV, but you can't do something like that and turn around and say, 'I'm credible, buy my records'.

"The UK is very reality TV-based and you get people like Peter Andre who are boosted by reality TV, but I personally don't think people like that have credibility and I don't think people take it seriously. I don't want to chase fame. I'm chasing to be a respected artist and for my music to be above all fearless."

The X Factor Live Tour 2012 at Manchester Arena: Kitty Brucknell

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Kittty on her music....
"My music is quite dark lyrically. I want to put that side of me across. It's all about the glamour and all about the damage. That's where I'm gravitating. I want to create headlines about what I'm singing about, my lyrics and thoughts. I want it to ask questions, for people to hear a great pop record, but there to be a deeper meaning behind it.

"I've written a song called 'Red Shoes'. 'Red Shoes'' is about being rebellious and naughty, but actually wanting to settle down and have a boyfriend. But you can't, because you're damaged. I've written a song about leaving a friend behind, who dies. It's very sad, but that one is also incredibly uplifting. It makes me want to jump on a table every time I sing it. I write most of my songs on my piano, I'm sitting there at 2am, just writing and writing. Last week, I wrote six songs in three days.

"It's rock meets dance meets musical theatre burlesque. It doesn't sound like anything in the charts right now. I just want to get out there and tour it now. I have so many concepts for my videos and live show. I'm so passionate about my music and what it means to people, it's all I think about every single second."

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