'X Factor': Honey G Defended By Remaining Contestants Amid Backlash

'Anybody that has as much fun up there deserves a spot.'

The stars of ‘The X Factor’ have defended Honey G from claims she doesn’t deserve her place in the competition.

The novelty rapper has been the talking point of this year’s series, with many fans believing she has robbed more talented performers of their place.

<strong>Matt Terry, Saara Aalto and Emily Middlemas at the ITV Gala</strong>
Matt Terry, Saara Aalto and Emily Middlemas at the ITV Gala

However, remaining contestants Saara Aalto and Matt Terry have insisted she is deserving of her spot in this weekend’s quarter final.

Speaking to The Huffington Post UK on the red carpet of the ITV Gala, Saara said: “[Honey G] is a great performer and she puts on a great show every weekend, and she works so hard. She works all the time.

“She’s not here tonight because she’s rehearsing. She deserves to be here because she works so hard.”

Matt added: “I always say anybody that has as much fun up there deserves a spot, so why not?”

<strong>Honey G</strong>
Honey G
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Last Sunday (20 November) saw Honey G land in the bottom two for the first time, alongside Ryan Lawrie, who was eventually eliminated from the competition.

Despite narrowly avoiding the axe, ‘Xtra Factor’ host Matt Edmondson admitted he thinks Honey G could go all the way and win the series.

<strong>'Xtra Factor' host Matt Edmondson</strong>
'Xtra Factor' host Matt Edmondson
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“I wasn’t expecting Honey G to [in the bottom two] there because she hasn’t so far,” he told us. “I didn’t think it would go her way but she was amazing in the sing off and if she can bring that to a sing off, she could go all the way.

“I think it could be the year of Honey G and Ed Balls, as well as Donald Trump and Brexit. I think she could win,” he added.

Now there’s a thought.

‘The X Factor’ continues on Saturday and Sunday at 8pm on ITV.

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