Former Ultimo Real Woman moves Tulisa to tears

Factor contestant Michelle Barrett, who moved judge Tulisa Contostavlos to tears on Saturday’s show, has been revealed as a former model of lingerie brand Ultimo.

This year, the blonde singer won a place on the label’s Real Woman campaign and was featured on billboards throughout the country.

Barrett, a mother of four, told the Sunday Mirror: ‘Posing in just your pants is very full-on. But on the day the shoot was very professional and the photographers put me at ease really quickly.’

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Barrett’s audition song, All The Man I Need by Whitney Houston, drove Contostavlos tears and gained her a place in Boot Camp, the next stage of the ITV singing contest.

After the performance, Contostavlos said: “You remind me of my mum. It was brilliant.”

Explaining her reaction to the judges, she later added: “Me and my mum have got this really powerful relationship, she’s the reason that I sing… She had the most powerful voice and never did anything with it – you know, she had me, she became unwell and then, you know, she spent her life still singing in the kitchen, and I wish she’d got up and done that because she has a voice just like that.”

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