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A 90s pop-star auditioned for X Factor last night in the hopes of raising money for her daughter's medical bills
Livin’ Joy’s Janice Robinson is ready for a solo career.

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THE X FACTOR has finally returned to our tellies, for better or for worse. 

There were plenty of mixed opinions about the talent show on Twitter last night, particularly in relation to the new lineup of judges. 

Not all viewers were impressed. 

But Simon Cowell had a little trick up his sleeve.

The first episode featured all of the usual types of auditions, but also featured a contestant of which we have never seen the likes. It was Livin’ Joy vocalist Janice Robinson, who came all the way from New Jersey to perform her biggest hit, ‘Dreamer’.

When asked what brought her to the UK, Janice replied, “It started with a song I wrote about 23 years ago. It’s a song called ‘Dreamer’.” At this point, the judges played dumb and let Janice begin her performance. 

Once the music started, everyone in the audience realised exactly what was going on, and they loved it. 

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Unsurprisingly, Janice got the ‘Yes’ from all four judges. Viewers at home were really impressed, and most people seem certain already that Janice has this year’s competition in the bag. 

There was some serious confusion about why Janice was allowed on the show, however.

Back in the third series of The X Factor, Jamie Tinker was accepted into the competition and merged into a boyband called Avenue, despite the fact that he had previously signed a recording contract with Sony BMG. There was plenty of criticism at the time, but ultimately it was not against the rules of the show. 

In Janice’s case, the recording deal is much less of an issue, considering the fact that her contract with Warner Bros. Records terminated in 2006. 

Despite all of this, there are still plenty of people wondering why Janice auditioned for the show, when her hit ‘Dreamer’ is already very well known. 

In an interview with the Sunday Mirror, Janice explained everything. Robinson revealed that her 16-year-old daughter Kura developed a condition called pseudotumor cerebri, in which the pressure in the brain increases. As a result, Kura had to undergo four eye operations and brain surgery. 

Janice said that Kura told her “Mommy, please go do X Factor. No matter what happens you need to go.” Kura’s condition has now left her blind and has left Janice with some hefty medical bills. Janice has turned to crowdfunding to cover the remaining €41,000 that she has left to pay.

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According to the Daily Mail, Robinson is hoping to gain success in the industry once again so that she does not have to worry about medical bills anymore.

On top of all of that, Janice just wants to be a pop-star again. She told the Mirror, “It’s important for me to be known as Janice Robinson.” 

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