The X Factor's Melanie 'Was Session Singer'
Hopeful revealed to have worked with a string of big-name artists...
The X Factor hopeful Melanie Masson, who impressed the judges with her audition in Saturday's show, has been a session singer for 15 years - it is claimed.
The 44-year-old music teacher impressed the panel with her rendition of Janis Joplin's Cry Baby, but The Sun reports that she has worked with a string of big-name acts over the years and even had a single released in 2007.
She is claimed to have worked with Kasabian, Stereophonics, Pink and Fatboy Slim among others - but her music industry work wasn't mentioned on the show.
A source told the paper: "I was horrified there wasn't one mention that she's been in the music industry for years. They're duping the public."
But Melanie was quick to defend herself.
She said: "Most of the work I did was ten to 15 years ago. But for the past six years I've been a full-time mum.
"I had a brief deal with EMI 18 years ago but was dropped after a year. I've never really had that big break to shine as an individual. This is my last chance."
And a spokesman for The X Factor stated: "The X Factor is open to everyone. The only rule is they must be over 16 and not have a current record deal."
Sharon Osbourne has been lobbying for a return to the show.