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Ronan Keating with One Direction on The X Factor. Picture: Colin Hutton.

She is the unassuming 14-year-old from Darwin with the big voice, but Shiane Hawke revealed a heartbreaking secret on the X Factor last night.

In the home visits round of Seven's singing quest, Hawke said she was battling insecurities caused by a physical disability which saw her born with her feet back to front.

The schoolgirl, pictured inset, couldn't walk for the first few years of her life and still has trouble being on her feet for long periods.

Hawke said singing meant so much to her because without it she didn't have much else going for her in her life.

"I used to think, 'my life is over, I'm so different to everyone else, I can't run around and stuff'," she said. "I think that the more I'm in this competition, the more my confidence will build and I'll just get better and better."

Last night's show also saw the much-anticipated first appearance from pop sensation One Direction, who are helping Ronan Keating in London to pick the groups to make it through to the live shows, which kick off next week.

One Direction's five members originally auditioned as solo singers for X Factor UK but were rejected and then the show's decision-makers decided to put the singers together in a group - and the rest is music history.

The British boy band were particularly impressed with the all-girl supergroup, which includes Perth schoolgirl Veronica Bravo, put together by the judges, with notorious ladies man Harry Styles finding it hard to choose which member he liked the most.

"I think I'm in love with them... I'm not even kidding," Styles said.

The X Factor home visits continue today at 7.30pm on Seven/GWN7.