X Factor's Samantha Atkinson distances herself from Honey G petition

Published Tuesday, Oct 4 2016, 20:04 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
X Factor hopeful Samantha Atkinson has distanced herself from a petition calling for Honey G to be removed from this year's live shows.

Last weekend, fans watched as Sharon Osbourne selected Honey G - real name Anna Georgette Gilford - to be one of her three finalists, while choosing to send Samantha home from Judges' Houses.

Samantha Adkinson at Judges' Houses - 4 Oct 2016

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A whopping 13,000 people have now signed a petition calling for Honey G to be removed from this weekend's live shows and replaced with Samantha. However, although it was started by her cousin, Samantha has taken a step away from it.

Speaking to BBC Humberside, Samantha insisted Honey G "deserves her right to be in the competition as much as anyone else". She added that she and Honey had become "friends" during their time on the show.

X Factor makeover photos 2016
Honey G

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Honey G is through to live shows.

Meanwhile, one person who has spoken out against Sharon's decision is Loose Women panelist Coleen Nolan. While discussing this year's finalists, Coleen said she believes Honey G is "not real", and is playing us all.

"I think it's somebody who is trying to show the show up," she said. "That looks like a wig. She'll take the wig and glasses off and be an amazing singer."

Simon's Girls
Samantha Lavery
Emily Middlemas
Gifty Louise

Sharon's Overs:
Honey G
Saara Aalto
Relley C

Louis' Groups:
Brooks Way
5 After Midnight

Nicole's Boys:
Matt Terry
Freddy Parker
Ryan Lawrie

X Factor's live shows start Saturday at 8pm on ITV.