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X Factor's Freddy Parker defends controversial act Honey G's place on the singing show: 'What she does is incredible'

Sharnaz Shahid

X Factor contestant Freddy Parker has defended Honey G's place on the singing show, claiming she brings "real happiness" to everyone around her and to the viewers at home.

The 18-year-old, who became the second person to be eliminated from the live shows after a tense sing-off with Saara Aalto on Sunday night, revealed there was no hard feelings as the public decided to save the "North Weezy" rapper.

"What she does is incredible, she brings so much happiness to everyone," he confessed. "As an entertainer that is the best thing you can do. In her own way she does have the X Factor - so I say hats off to her, she's just got to keep bringing it out of the bag each week."

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X Factor contestant Freddy Parker has defended Honey G's place on the singing show

"I completely understand why people have voted for her over me," he added. "She keeps people happy, it's completely understandable. She is genuinely what she's like on TV – that is her. I very rarely see her without the hats and glasses off – which is a lot."

On why he thought he had left the competition so early, Freddy confessed it was perhaps down to his choice of songs - which did not reflect the "real" him.

"I felt like the song choices - as an artist - were perhaps not for me," the dejected hopeful said. "I wasn't trying to represent myself. What I tried to do on the live shows was to explore new things.

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"What she does is incredible, she brings so much happiness to everyone," he confessed

"Ain't No Mountain High Enough was something I've never tried before and I thought I just wanted to flip something on its head. I really did enjoy it, I wouldn't have changed anything. I just should have stuck to ballads behind a piano."

The teenage singer, who initially dazzled judges with his powerful rendition of Amy Winehouse’s Love is a Losing Game, hopes his exposure on the ITV show will pave the way for a huge career in the music industry.

"I'm going to really start getting my music out there, write more music and just perform," he explained. "That's what I love doing, I'm just going to work so hard and try and make something out of it. I'm really looking forward to everything that has to come."

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