'X Factor' Finalist Lillie McCloud Gives the Scoop on Kelly Rowland

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Now that X Factor finalist Lillie McCloud has made it to the top 12, what did she have to say about her mentor Kelly Rowland, who gave her tips to help her get there? Find out here! Fox's Lillie McCloud couldn't ask for a better mentor than Kelly Rowland.

The soulful singer, who shocked the X Factor judges with her talent and her age (54!), couldn't stop giving praise to the former Destiny's child singer who she said inspired her.

"Kelly has really empowered me," Lillie told us at the X Factor finalists party at the SLS Hotel Monday night. "I could cry about it. I came into this competition with some experience thinking I knew so much, but when I met Kelly I found out what I knew, what I didn't know, what I was scared of, what I could still do, what I didn't know I could still do, she brings it out of me."

As for the best advice Kelly has given her, Lillie said it's "to be myself."

"There were a couple of things that made me go 'aaah!' But [Kelly] said no, take a deep breath, calm down, keep yourself together."

"Who you are and how you got here and why you're here...that Lillie, that's who we love," she went on. "What I got from her is everybody has an opinion and they're valuable. They're very valuable, but you eat the fish and leave the bones."

And Lillie also shared a tidbit about Kelly that many of her fans may not know.

"I think what people don't realize is that Kelly has a whole lot of jokes. She's really funny behind stage," Lillie said. "She has personalities that she doesn't share with just anyone. I think she genuinely has to love you to open up some of those parts of her personality, and I'm gonna say we're honored on behalf of my whole group to have her."


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