— The X Factor (@TheXFactor) October 29, 2015
Monica Michael has been revealed as The X Factor's Wildcard Entry. Her return to the ITV talent show was announced on The Xtra Factor on Thursday (29 October)
The 25-year-old initially failed to make it through to the final 12 for the live shows following her performance for Girls mentor Rita Ora who was supported by singer Meghan Trainor at Judges Houses.
However, her performance of a self-penned track, dedicated to her late brother, reduced the judges to tears and showcased the aspiring singer's natural talent. In a statement, Rita said that despite making her final selection, she wasn't ready to lose Monica.
"'I couldn't sleep Sunday night thinking about Monica and if I could convince the other judges of giving her a wildcard. It's so great that Simon, Cheryl and Grimmy agreed. What a rollercoaster for Monica but sooo glad to have her back. So exciting," said the Hot Right Now star.
Sharing her excitement at returning to the show, Monica said: "I'm so hyped to be back as the wildcard. Thank you to all the Judges for believing in me and for the public for supporting me. See you on Saturday night!"
According to Mail Online Simon Cowell said the judges had been discussing possibilities for a Wild Card entry. "There was always going to be a wild card. It's not a given, but we always like that opportunity. Funny enough we all spoke to each other on Monday... it is crazy not to bring one person back."
— Monica Michael (@monicamichaeluk) October 29, 2015
Supporting the decision judge Nick Grimshaw added: "I love her she's just so cool. I said last week 'get her a chair'." Cheryl Fernandez Versini said: "She's really excited and really happy to be back. This is my most exciting first week I've ever had."
Earlier this week, Monica fuelled speculation she could be returning to the show after posting a cryptic tweet, telling her followers: "So much for thinking I was getting a few days off! ;)"
News that she is returning to the show was met with enthusiam on social media.
The X Factor live shows begin on Saturday 31 October.