Jade s more at ease
Samantha Jade on the X Factor. Picture: Tarsha Hosking.

Just three weeks ago, budding Perth songstress Samantha Jade had doubts Australians would get behind her on The X Factor.

But after blitzing yet another live performance on the hit Seven singing show, the bubbly 25-year-old can rest assured she has won over a legion of dedicated fans.

Chatting to AAA last week, Jade, above, said she felt lucky to have made it through another live decider, although she admitted to shedding a few tears after the departure of fellow contestant and friend, 41-year-old country singer Justin Standley.

"I really loved Justin, he was such a lovely person," she gushed. "We had coffees and hung out a bit, so it was really, really sad to see him go.

"But I'm feeling good. I was shocked that I even got through this week, I was kind of expecting to be in the bottom two, so I'm just so happy and grateful to still be here."

Speaking of tonight's live show - which will see the remaining top nine acts belt out an iconic tune as part of the "Legends" themed performances - Jade said she was aiming to showcase her vocals after hard-nosed judge Mel B last week questioned her underwhelming Britney Spears song choice. "I'll be showcasing my voice this time, which I think was the concern this week," she said. "It's Legends week so we all really need to step up our game. We're feeling a little bit nervous because it's a big thing to try to sing a legend song."

Jade was also excited that her father and two younger brothers had flown into Sydney from Perth at the weekend to watch her perform in tonight's live show.

"I'm so happy for them to be here because they haven't seen me perform on that stage yet," she beamed. "They've been so supportive, they've been coming back and forth from Perth, and that can get quite expensive. I'm so lucky I've got the best support system."

While she hasn't been in contact with dumped Perth contestant Josh Brookes after his disqualification last month, Jade hopes he hasn't given up on his music.

"I hope he continues to sing because he's very, very talented," she said. "I'll definitely get in touch with him (after the show)."

The X Factor live show airs today at 7.30pm on Seven/GWN7, followed by the live decider at 7.30pm tomorrow.

The West Australian

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