Contestant was just excited for Joe McElderry

X Factor finalist Rachel Adedeji has defended her on-stage antics during the show’s final.

The singer grabbed the mic from Joe McElderry during his last song, and shouted, I love you, I love you’.

I wasn’t trying to steal his thunder,’ she says. I was just so excited for him.

We are just so close but I wasn’t having a Kanye West moment.’

Rachel, 18, has dismissed rumours she and Joe, 18, are more than friends.

There were no romances inside The X Factor house,’ she tells Metro.

The pair apparently have plans to move in together.

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Lorraine Crowther