X Factor's Ella pulls out of Swindon club gig because she is too young

Ella Henderson

Ella Henderson

First published in News Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , @EmmaDunnn

X FACTOR star Ella Henderson has had to pull out of a performance at Bushwackers tonight due to her age.

Agents of the 16-year-old contacted the town centre club yesterday to say European law meant she could not perform after midnight.

Hundreds of clubbers were expected to attend the event this evening, which was one of a series of X Factor themed evenings which have been taking place every week.

Craig Pinches, one of Bushwackers’ event organisers, said: “She was due to perform at 12.30am but there is a law that says because she is 16 she can’t work after midnight.

“It is the same situation with other clubs across the country where she was due to perform as well. It is a shame but it is nobody’s fault, it is all down to her age.”

X Factor contestants voted out of the competition have been visiting the club every Thursday.

So far, fellow contestants District 3, Kye Sones, Jade Ellis, Carolynne Poole, Melanie Masson and MK1 have been to the club, performing a 30-minute slot and posing for photos with fans.

Craig said they will find out in the next 28 days whether Ella will perform on another night.

Ella, from Grimsby, left the competition on Sunday night after losing the sing-off to James Arthur.

The Adver launched a VIP night competition on Tuesday for a bottle of champagne and a photograph with Ella.

The winner and three friends will be able to use their VIP ticket tonight or for another event by contacting Bushwackers.

The club will be open as usual tonight.

Swindon’s Jahmene Douglas is now the odds on favourite to win X Factor, with William Hill offering odds of 4/5 ahead of James Arthur, from Middlesborough, and Liver-pool’s Christopher Maloney.

And also supporting Jahmene’s bid to win is New College principle, Graham Taylor.

The singer studied there between 2008 and 2010 and was one of the winners of the New College Has Talent competition in April 2010.

Mr Taylor said: “Staff who taught Jahmene tell me that he was a very pleasant and polite student, who was also modest. He was also very industrious, working hard during his time here.

“I had the pleasure of hearing him sing live during the New College has Talent competition that we ran back in 2010.

“There was a great audience response to his performance and he was one of the eventual winners.”

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