X Factor favourite Shan Smile feared she'd never sing again after being struck down with Tuberculosis

The talented singer who has blown Simon Cowell and the judges away on the ITV show told the Sunday People she was "blessed to be alive."

X Factor favourite Shan Smile feared she'd never sing again after being struck down with Tuberculosis.

Shan, 25, was lucky to be alive after losing weight rapidly when the infection struck.

When doctors diagnosed TB, a bacterial infection spread by sufferer's coughs and sneezes, which kills around 300 people a year in England and Wales, she was taken to hospital for life-saving treatment.

She said: "I didn't know what was wrong for a long time. I lost my appetite and kept losing weight but I didn't go to the doctors for over a month."

She added: ""If I'd left it any longer I would have lost a lung or could have easily have died. I'm very blessed to be alive."

Shan wowed judges when she appeared on X Factor 2018.

The session singer from Croydon got a standing ovation after singing The Greatest Showman hit Never Enough.

With four big yeses from Simon Cowell, Robbie Williams, Ayda Field and Louis Tomlinson, Shan sailed through to the next round.


 

Before her performance she revealed she wanted be a “role model for young people.”

It's not Shan's first time on the ITV singing contest.

She first auditioned as a 14-year-old in 2007 and made it to bootcamp as a duo with her older sister.

She then went to the Brit school alongside pop star Ella Eyre.


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