Sinitta is a fan of the young singer

Sinitta believes Katie Waissel has a big future ahead of her in music, film, theatre – or whatever she wants.

The singer was booed by The X Factor audience and had to deal with shocking newspaper headlines, but she clung on – until finally she was eliminated.

Katie held it together on stage then Simon went over and she crumbled. He

had his bottom lip sticking out because he was very sad as well,’ Sinitta, 42,

reveals.

She is appalled at the way Katie, 27, was treated throughout the show.

‘It’s a bit like playing a game and you get carried away then someone switches the light on and you’re all standing there feeling a little bit guilty,’ she says.

‘We’ve savaged this poor girl. It’s absolutely shocking and disgraceful.

‘I don’t think people dislike her as much as the collective attitude suggested.’

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