Janet Devlin is from Gortin, County Tyrone. Devlin had very little singing experience before The X Factor, only singing in her school, pubs and local talent shows. She previously uploaded singing videos to her official channel on YouTube on a regular basis, which have now reached 10 million total views worldwide. Devlin performed “Your Song” by Elton John during the audition stage of the competition. For the first live show Devlin sung “Fix You”, which was enough to convince Rowland that she deseverved a place in the next live show. For the next live shows, Devlin sung “Can’t Help Falling In Love”, “Sweet Child o’ Mine”, “Every Breath You Take”, “I Want You Back”, “Somebody To Love”, “Kiss Me”. On week 8 she sung “MMMBop” and “Under The Bridge”, but landed in the bottom two against Misha B. Janet sung Chasing Cars for survival, but was voted out of the competition by judges Tulisa and Walsh. Rowland refused to vote, so the majority vote was used. Barlow said he would have eliminated Janet as well. At the end of the series, it was revealed that Janet had received the highest number of votes for the first four weeks, which was the highest consecutive public vote out of all the 2011 contestants. She had also received more votes than Misha B on week 8.
News stories soon began to break out that she had been offered a recording contract by RKA Records, a record company partly owned by Dragons’ Den star and entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne, within 35 minutes of being eliminated from the competition. Janet has been offered at least three recording contracts but will not be able to accept any of them until The X Factor tour ends. Janet was in the recording studio from the 28th May 2012, where she wrote and recorded at least 3 songs with Eliot Kennedy and his team. She hopes to release her debut album in 2012. Janet Devlin is heavily influenced by alternative artists such as City and Colour and Devendra Banhart.