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Wagner blames song choice for X Factor exit

Wagner Fiuza-Carrilho blames his 'X Factor' exit on the songs he was given to perform.

The eccentric Brazilian - who was eliminated from the ITV1 show on Sunday (28.11.10) after losing out in the sing-off to Mary Byrne - admitted he had "tremendous difficulty" learning the lyrics to some of the up-tempo tracks mentor Louis Walsh gave him to sing.

He explained: "The trouble was Louis gave me fast songs in English so I had tremendous difficulty learning the lyrics. My main language is Portuguese so because of that and the schedule of the show I didn¹t have enough time to rehearse and practise. English isn't my first language, I struggled.

"The songs that can really show my voice like 'La Fortuna' and 'The Wonder Of You' and 'Creep', I sang them well because I can connect with the emotion. Songs like 'She Bangs', I can¹t feel that."

Wagner admitted he had a particular problem with some of the lyrics to Elvis Presley's 'Viva Las Vegas', and describes the performance as one of the "low points" in the competition.

He added to X Magazine: "I think 'Viva Las Vegas' was fast and meaningless. I didn't want to sing some of the lyrics either "I am the devil with love to spare". I don't like the devil. I don't like evil. I don¹t like what the devil stands for.

"When I got 'Bat Out Of Hell' out of time was a low point. And when I got 'Viva Las Vegas' in the wrong key. Yeah, there were some bad times. I didn't know these songs."

30 November 2010, 04:00pm

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