X Factor 2012: Ella Henderson puts on a brave face at the Amy Winehouse Foundation ball

by Anna Howell

After her shock exit from The X Factor last weekend, 16-years-old Ella Henderson showed a true Great British stiff-upper-lip as she carried on living the celebrity lifestyle, attending and performing at the Amy Winehouse Foundation charity ball.

Ella, who was the last remaining female act in the competition, the first time since 2007 that a female artist will not take part in the final, was voted out by the public last weekend after competing against fellow show favourite, James Arthur, in the sing off for survival, proved that despite her very premature exit from the show, we have certainly not seen the last of her yet!

The singer was obviously having a great time as she took to social networking site, Twitter, to post pictures of herself and Jamie Cullum, Amy’s goddaughter Dionne Bromfield, and her dad Mitch Winehouse, at the event.
The ball for the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which aims to support vulnerable young people and prevent the effects of alcohol and drug misuse, was the perfect platform for Ella to draw on inspiration from one of her idols, tweeting “this is for one of my all-time inspirations. Miss Amy Jade Winehouse x”

Ella performed Love is a Losing Game for celebs including Mark Ronson, Tyler James, Ronnie Wood and Patsy Palmer, at the star-studded event, which was held only two days after her exit, whilst James Arthur, who Ella had to sing against in last week’s results show, watched in the audience.

Considering her age, Ella has handled her rejection with both class and dignity, never passing comment on the media whirlwind her exit, whilst the likes of Christopher Maloney and Rylan Clark remain safely in the competition, has caused, commenting only that this was “just the beginning” for her, and with the influx of attention, and requests for appearances since her departure have brought, we can’t help but think she is right!

Watch Ella singing for survival last week in the clip below:

The X Factor returns on Saturday night at 8pm on ITV1/ITV1 HD.