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Samantha Jade and Bella Ferraro attend Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse on Saturday. Picture: Getty Images

Perth-born singer Samantha Jade is hanging on to her X Factor dream by the skin of her teeth having survived her third showdown last week.

But despite having to prove herself on stage each week, more so than the other contestants, the 25-year-old isn't about to throw in the towel.

"My whole career has been a fight, I'm used to fighting and I'll keep going," Jade told Access All Areas.

"I'm definitely over being in the bottom two, that's for sure. But there's nothing I can do about it, the only thing I can do now is know that I've got through each time and that the last two times I've been (saved) by the audience, which is a lot nicer feeling than being chosen (by the judges). I just have to have faith in that."

Though she has been showered with support from many of her West Australian fans, Jade has also had to endure criticism from "the haters" who believe she has an advantage because of her friendship with mentor Guy Sebastian.

"I'm overwhelmed by the amount of hate, because I feel like the Australian way is to get up and try again and that's what I've always been taught being an Australian," she said of the constant stream of criticism via Twitter. "But I have a lot of support from Perth, which is really nice."

When asked what she thought of her top five X Factor opponents Bella Ferraro, super group The Collective, Shiane Hawke and Jason Owen, Jade said she would rather focus on her own ability than on her rivals.

"I think it's anybody's game, I don't know how far I'll go," she said. "I've got really no expectations and hope for the best."

But regardless of whether she makes the top three or the grand final, Jade said she was seriously contemplating returning to Perth.

"I'd come back to Perth for sure, that's where I need to be," she said. "I need to be in the place that I'm happiest, so I'll definitely come home for sure. I always come home for Christmas because I can't be anywhere but Perth for Christmas."

The X Factor live show airs today at 7.30pm on Seven/GWN7.

The West Australian

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