X Factor gives teacher a second chance

By Darren Cartwright, National Entertainment Writer

Recalled Brisbane music teacher Dami Im has become the feel-good story of The X Factor after making it through to the final 12.

Im was initially overlooked for the top 24 spots, which included home visits, but was given a second chance after one of the contestants withdrew.

On Tuesday night, she made it through to the final 12 to join Barry Southgate and Cat Vas in the over-24 group to be coached by Danni Minogue.

The final 12 will start competing live from Sunday night.

While Minogue is looking after the "veterans" on The X Factor, former boy band star Ronan Keating is taking on the rookies.

His trio of under-24 boys consists of baby-faced 14-year-old Jai Waetford, the youngest of the final dozen, Omar Dean and Taylor Henderson.

Brisbane boy-band JTR, which contains brothers, John, Tom and Robin who were all living in Sweden before returning for the auditions, survived the cut.

They will be coached by Natalie Bassingthwaighte as will girl group Adira-Belle and handpicked trio Third Degree who were put together after auditioning as single artists.

Finally, Joelle Hadjia, who now wants to be known only Joelle, is one of three girls who will be coached by LMFAO singer Redfoo in the under-24 girls category.

Also wiggling it for Redfoo on The X Factor are Ellie Lovegrove and Jiordan Tolli.

The final 12 on The X Factor are:

Under-24 Males (coached by Ronan Keating): Jai Waetford, 14, Sydney; Omar Dean, 20, Melbourne; Taylor Henderson, 20, Geelong.

Under-24 Females (Redfoo): Ellie Lovegrove, 19, Adelaide; Jiordan Tolli, 19, Melbourne; Joelle, 22, Sydney.

Over-24s (Danni Minogue): Barry Southgate, 30, Sydney; Cat Vas, 27, Sydney; Dami Im, 24, Brisbane.

Groups (Natalie Bassingthwaighte): Adira-Belle (Evelyn, Kia, Naomie, Temy), JTR (John, Tom and Robin), Third Degree (Kelebek, Jacinta, Jordan)