X Factor Wildcard announced

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Fletcher Mills has been voted The X Factor NZ Wildcard. The 17-year-old classical music student joins The X Factor Top 13 ahead of this weekend’s first LIVE Shows.

Fletcher says the experience has only made him more determined to do well in the competition.

“Leaving the competition and then given the opportunity to come back has me realise what a big deal this. I am going to take it and run with it and see how far I can go. A massive thank you to all my supporter s– I’ll do my best for you!”

TV3 made the surprise announcement last night at a star-studded VIP party held at Auckland’s SKY CITY Grand Hotel – after Judge Melanie Blatt leaked his name via Twitter.

Melanie says: “He’s not in my category and I didn’t want Ruby to have an advantage by announcing Fletcher at the start of Sunday’s show. Bugger The X Factor rules, I’ve got a big mouth, deal with it.”

Guests applauded as they were introduced to Judges Daniel Bedingfield, Melanie Blatt, Ruby Frost and Stan Walker, and the Top 12: Benny Tipene, Tom Batchelor, Whenua Patuwai, Cassie Henderson, Eden Roberts, Jackie Thomas, Anna Wilson, Maaka Fiso, Taye Williams, Gap 5, L.O.V.E. and Moorhouse.

Host Dominic Bowden then revealed that the Wildcard would be joining the gathering, and introduced Fletcher Mills, who had been told six hours earlier.

The Wildcard was to be revealed as part of Sunday night’s LIVE Performance Show, but after voting information leaked on Twitter, producers decided to make the announcement last night.

The X Factor NZ Wildcard was chosen by public vote from four contestants; Fletcher Mills, Aotea Beazley, Grace Ikenasio and TYP. Tens of thousands of Kiwis voted for their favourites via text and Facebook with all four enjoying strong support. Only one could continue in the competition.

The X Factor NZ Top 13 are: Fletcher Mills, Benny Tipene, Tom Batchelor, Whenua Patuwai, Cassie Henderson, Eden Roberts, Jackie Thomas, Anna Wilson, Maaka Fiso, Taye Williams, Gap 5, L.O.V.E. and Moorhouse.

The first LIVE Performance Show will screen at 7pm the Sunday night, with the first LIVE Results Show following at 8pm on Monday night.

AUDIO: BBC host pulled off air after drunken last day

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BBC Radio’s Paula White was pulled off air after appearing to be drunk on her last day.

White has defended herself saying she was not drunk but had “had a couple of drinks.”

Judge for yourself….