X Factor Celebrity: Megan McKenna sobs as she makes the live finals and leaves Simon Cowell speechless... as she admits she's ditched lip filler in the hope of being taken seriously

She previously released a country music album and has been candid about her dream of making it in the music industry.

And Megan McKenna has moved a step closer to making her dream a reality, as she broke down in tears after being told she'd made it through to the X Factor live finals on Saturday's show.

The former TOWIE star, 27, admitted she has even taken the dramatic step of having her lip filler removed in order to be taken more seriously as an artist. 

Heartfelt: Megan McKenna has moved a step closer to making her dream a reality, as she broke down in tears after being told she'd made it through to the X Factor live finals on Saturday

Heartfelt: Megan McKenna has moved a step closer to making her dream a reality, as she broke down in tears after being told she'd made it through to the X Factor live finals on Saturday 

When she appeared on stage, Louis Walsh commented: 'You look different than the last time I saw you - what have you done?'

Jumping to Megan's defence, Simon jumped in and said: 'What have you done [Louis]? You were bald when I met you 20 years ago.'

However Megan honestly admitted: 'I'm not gonna lie I used to have a lot of lip filler in my top lip and it was a bit embarrassing now I look back and I've had them taken out. 

Stunned: Following the performance Megan received a standing ovation from the judges including Simon Cowell, who was left speechless by her heartfelt song

Stunned: Following the performance Megan received a standing ovation from the judges including Simon Cowell, who was left speechless by her heartfelt song

Before: The former TOWIE star, 27, admitted she has even taken the dramatic step of having her lip filler removed in order to be taken more seriously as an artist (pictured before removing the filler earlier this year)
After: Megan pictured on Saturday's show after the lip filler removal

Before and after: The former TOWIE star, 27, admitted she has even taken the dramatic step of having her lip filler removed in order to be taken more seriously as an artist (pictured before removing the filler earlier this year, left)

'I want to be seen as an artist so I can't be on stage looking like that, can I?' 

Following the performance Megan received a standing ovation from the judges including Simon Cowell, who was left stunned by her heartfelt song.

Megan was the third contestant to audition at Simon's Malibu mansion and her original song performance left the music mogul speechless.

The reality star, whose song High Heeled Shoes reached number one on iTunes, previously auditioned for the civilians version of X Factor in 2014 and 2015.

Jumping to Megan's defence, Simon jumped in and said: 'What have you done [Louis]? You were bald when I met you 20 years ago'

Jumping to Megan's defence, Simon jumped in and said: 'What have you done [Louis]? You were bald when I met you 20 years ago'

Wow: Megan was the third contestant to audition at Simon's Malibu mansion and her original song performance left the music mogul speechless

 Wow: Megan was the third contestant to audition at Simon's Malibu mansion and her original song performance left the music mogul speechless

Ahead of the show airing Megan, revealed it is difficult to be taken seriously as a music artist coming from reality TV.

She also admitted she doesn't feel she has an unfair advantage over her X Factor: Celebrity contestants despite having previously released an album. 

Megan is known for her appearances on other shows like Celebrity Big Brother and Ex on the Beach and believes people have a preconceived 'perception' of her that could be difficult to change. 

She told MailOnline: ‘I feel like I’ve got a lot of pressure because I’ve been really trying to crack the music industry for a long time now.

Speaking out: Ahead of the show airing Megan, revealed it is difficult to be taken seriously as a music artist coming from reality TV.

Speaking out: Ahead of the show airing Megan, revealed it is difficult to be taken seriously as a music artist coming from reality TV.

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‘And I think coming off of reality shows, people have a perception of me and they judge me on shows I’ve done and it’s really difficult to be taken seriously.

‘So I feel like coming on this show, people can see how much this means to me and they will take my music seriously. That’s why I definitely wanted to do it.’

Megan released her debut studio album Story of Me in 2018 but doesn't think her past recording experience gives her an advantage over the other celebrities. 

She said: ‘I wouldn’t - obviously I sing, and I’ve been recording in the past and stuff, but it’s never been on the scale of what this could be. This is for a major record label.

Passionate: She also admitted she doesn't feel she has an unfair advantage over her X Factor : Celebrity contestants despite having previously released an album

Passionate: She also admitted she doesn't feel she has an unfair advantage over her X Factor : Celebrity contestants despite having previously released an album

Pressure: She told MailOnline: ‘I feel like I’ve got a lot of pressure because I’ve been really trying to crack the music industry for a long time now.'

Pressure: She told MailOnline: ‘I feel like I’ve got a lot of pressure because I’ve been really trying to crack the music industry for a long time now.'  

‘In the past I’ve had a very small independent label help me do an album and I’m so grateful for that, but as anybody knows in the music industry, that is down there.

‘I’m just the same as everybody else. This is my dream and I’m just hoping that this show can just be the start really, because I want to do this full time.’

Megan told how she made a decision to take a step away from the small screen for a while as she focuses all her energies on her music career. 

She said: ‘I chose to come off TV for a while. I just really wanted to be taken seriously in my music and I feel like I’ve done the reality shows and I’ve loved it, but sometimes you just need to pull away and take time for yourself. 

'I feel happy now and I’m ready to start a new show. What better way to start than doing the X Factor? This is my dream show.'

Career: Megan released her debut studio album Story of Me in 2018 but doesn't think her past recording experience gives her an advantage over the other celebrities

Career: Megan released her debut studio album Story of Me in 2018 but doesn't think her past recording experience gives her an advantage over the other celebrities

X Factor Celebrity: Megan McKenna sobs as she makes the live finals

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