Janet Devlin is a singer-songwriter from Northern Ireland. She appeared in the eighth series of the X Factor, and although she didn't win, she has had a successful career. She has released three studio albums and five EPs.
Janet was born on the 12th of November 1994 as Janet Maureen Aoife Devlin in Gortin, County Tyrone. She is the youngest child of Aquinas and Patricia Devlin and the only girl. Her older brothers are named Jason, Gavin and Aaron.
Janet attended an Irish language preschool, but it's unclear if she can speak Gaelic. However, while Irish language preschools are rare, they have a reputation for high academic standards.
Janet loved to sing but had no professional experience before the X Factor. She sang at school talent shows, in local pubs and uploaded a number of videos to her YouTube channel. This channel has swelled in popularity since she appeared on the show; it now has 593,000 subscribers.
Janet's TikTok channel is even more popular, with 892,000 subscribers. So it seems safe to say Janet has a big following.
Janet's audition piece for The X Factor was the Elton John ballad Your Song. All of the judges were impressed by her talent and unanimously voted to put her through. She sailed through boot camp and the judges' houses round. She was placed in Kelly Rowland's group, featuring solo girls from 16-24.
During the live shows, Janet came top of the public vote more than any other act. There was no vote during the first week, but she got the most votes for the next four weeks. Then, during the quarter-finals, Janet found herself in the bottom two with another female artist, Misha B. Kelly Rowland refused to choose between them, and so Tulisa and Louis' votes eliminated Janet.
Sadly for Janet, statistics released later showed that she had received more votes. Had the decision gone to deadlock, Janet would have gone through to the semi-finals. In the years since the show, although she hasn't matched the fame of that season's winners, Little Mix, Janet has built a musical career. Within hours of being eliminated, she received more than one offer of a record deal.
She immediately began working on her debut album and co-wrote all of the songs herself. She wrote far more songs than needed to ensure only the best were included. She launched the album on Pledge Music in a bid to raise the money to record it. She received nearly half the total needed in the first two weeks, and the album, Hide and Seek, was released in July 2013.
Since then, she has released two more albums, ten singles and performed on five separate tours. She has also spoken honestly about her struggles with alcoholism, although she has been sober for the last eight years. It's possible she was self-medicating with alcohol as she has been diagnosed with bipolar and borderline personality disorders.
In spite of her struggles, Janet's voice is stunning. Her cover of Fleetwood Mac's Dreams is simply stunning. Her voice is smoky and soulful and seems made for the song. Be sure to check it out.