X Factor hopeful Misha Bryan gave the Liverpool auditions a performance worthy of the finals, but the power house singer wasn’t so lucky in the recent riots.

Misha has told how she had to flee the riots in her home of Manchester whilst busking outside the Arndale Centre.

On the day of the riots I was here, singing on Market Street. A lot people were dressed in black with hoods up. I had to pack my stuff and run. I didn’t want to be caught up in it. At home I saw on the news that Market St had been looted and windows smashed. It was horrible – this is our city. I love Manchester – I’m sure everyone does. How could you not?

Misha who received a standing ovation, positive comments from all the four judges and even a hug from Kelly Rowland, added

I love singing in town. People from all over the world tell me they like my music because they’ve heard me on Market Street. It means I have fans in Turkey, Spain, Germany, Portugal, America and all over Africa. Manchester is international!

Misha has just completed her first year of a course at Trafford College’s Manchester Music Base, where she was coached by Leanne Brown, who had a hit with Flowers in 2000 as half of the duo Sweet Female Attitude.

She’s definitely got our vote!