Illness sealed fate of X Factor's latest eliminee Cat Vas

Cat Vas performing on Sunday night.
Cat Vas performing on Sunday night. Tarsha Hosking

VIEWERS have only seen a sliver of the talent of this year's X Factor contestants.

That's what latest eliminated singer Cat Vas reckons.

The 27-year-old singer songwriter was sent home from Seven's reality singing competition last night by judge Natalie Bassingthwaighte, who opted to save hip-hop singer Joelle.

Speaking to APN today, Vas was full of praise for the remaining 10 acts.

"I hope Australia gets to hear everybody in their element. A lot of the singers haven't sung good songs yet," she said.

"There's some super-duper superstars in this year's line-up. (Dami) is unbelievable… even the contestants want her to win.

"Barry's a real contender; people still haven't heard how good he is. And Third D3gree are out of control. I can't wait for them to do some '90s hits like Salt-n-Pepa."

Vas, who has been suffering from bronchitis, said she knew she was going home before her performance on Sunday night.

"I knew when I was in rehearsals and had the backing track on. I was like 'Oh wow this is pretty daggy. People aren't going to like this'," she said.

"There was nothing particularly bad about it, but nothing particularly spectacular about it. I knew all the other contestants had phenomenal songs, but it was  a bit too late to do anything about it.

"When you have bronchitis, there's only so much you can do in that moment without sounding shocking."

Cat Vas with X Factor coach Dannii Minogue.
Cat Vas with X Factor coach Dannii Minogue. Tarsha Hosking

It took steroid and Vitamin B shots just to get Vas on the stage to sing Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You last night.

"I went from no voice at 4pm to being able to sing at 7pm," she said.

"I'm glad I was able to get that song out last night."

She reckons it's still anyone's show to win.

"I can't pick this far out. A few weeks ago it was Jai and all of a sudden it's Dami," she said.

"These situations are very intimidating. Some people the experience makes them come alive and pop, while other people it crushes them and makes them nervous.

"You never know what's going to translate and what doesn't. You just don't know until they sing it."

Vas said she is looking forward to using the show as a platform to promoting her six-track, self-titled EP which she released just before auditioning for the competition. It has already been featured in Yen magazine and on Triple J radio.

"Hopefully the next few months will be filled up with doing that," she said.

"And I'll keep writing new songs."

Vas certainly seems to have the potential to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Idol alumni Matt Corby and Lisa Mitchell.

The X Factor Live shows air Sundays at 6.30pm and Mondays at 7.30pm on Channel 7.

Topics:  dannii minogue natalie bassingthwaighte x factor

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