X FACTOR hopeful Janice Robinson has revealed that it was her blind daughter who convinced her to audition for the show.
The singer stunned judges and fans with her 1995 hit Dreamer in the launch show and now she has revealed why she decided to appear on it.
Her 16-year-old daughter Kura lost her sight suddenly after developing pseudotumor cerebri and was forced to undergo multiple operations and spend seven weeks in hospital.
Janice told the Sunday Mirror: “Right after her brain surgery she said to me, ‘Mommy please go do X Factor. No matter what happens you need to go.’ I was crying.”
“Her knowing I was doing the show before the diagnosis gave her so much joy.
“Even now, without her vision, she’s so happy and proud of her mom. She won’t see my audition but she can see it with her heart. She’s handling it so well. Right now, Kura’s the star in the family.”
The singer is hoping to win fame and mostly fortune from the show, after being left with a £37,000 hospital bill for her teen daughter’s treatment.
And fans reckon she is the front runner in this year’s competition.
The judging panel and fans were blown away as Livin’ Joy star Janice Robinson sang her own hit Dreamer at the auditions and sailed through to the next round.
Janice headed to The X Factor to try-out 24 years after scoring a number one hit with the song.
One wrote: “So The X Factor has found it’s winner JANICE and the show only just started tonight …. #XFactor”
A second tweeted: “Janice Robinson is on #XFactor let’s end it now!”
Another added: “23 years later & Janice comes along and belts out the absolute classic Dreamer, mine and everyones anthem! Can we sack off the rest of the show and make her our winner. Christmas number 1 for the win! #XFactor”
She is now a 50-year-old mother-of-two daughters and has been out of the music industry for many years.
However, Janice is now ready for another shot at stardom so she headed to the auditions to try out along side the next generation of singers.
She took to the stage to sing the iconic track that made her name back in the 90s – and it had a huge effect on the panel.
Judge Robbie Williams was left fighting back tears as he realised the significance of the moment.
Dreamer became one of the most well-known tracks of the mid-1990s dance scene as it rocketed up the charts and dominated radio air play.
US singer Janice shot to fame as the lead singer of Livin’ Joy, but later left the band to go solo.
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She released a well-received solo album, The Color Within Me, in 1999, and toured with Tina Tuner in 2000.
Robbie is a new judge along with his wife Ayda and One Direction’s Lous Tomlinson, who join Simon Cowell on the panel this year.
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