X Factor contestant Hannah Barrett says she has been subjected to racist abuse since being thrust into the limelight.
The 17 year old singer said that she had been taunted on Twitter because of her skin colour.
She told Reveal magazine: "I've received a lot of horrible, racist comments on Twitter.
"People say I'm too dark to be a singer.
"People say: 'You're black and ugly' and nasty things like that."
She added: "The sad thing is that most of them are made by black people who just have lighter skin than me."
The X Factor hopeful said that she did not let the comments get her down and that she felt "blessed" to be part of the show.
X Factor contestant Hannah Barrett told ITV News today how she wanted to bring her own brand of soul music back to the chart. She says she already winning new fans where she lives in Croydon, south London.
17-year-old Hannah was introduced to music by her father, who died when she was nine but left her with a love of classic soul and jazz singers including Ella Fitzgerald and Anita Baker.
She fell out with her mother before her audition and currently lives in accommodation for homeless youngsters and also works part-time in a baker's.
There was a "real sense of excitement" at the latest round of X Factor auditions this morning, as hundreds of singing hopefuls formed a long queue in a bid to become the next big star.
Host Dermot O'Leary greeted eager wannabes and posed for photographs at the London auditions, where a large crowd had gathered in the sunshine from before 9am.
The presenter said he was as enthusiastic about the show - now in its tenth series - as ever, and believed it was all down to the new people he met every year.
"You've got a real sense of excitement. You meet people you've never met before and in all walks of life as well. There's so many characters - that's why I love it," he said.
Kelly Rowland has quit The X Factor. The former Destiny's Child star said today she would not return as a judge for the next series.
Despite weeks of negotiations with ITV1 she could not work out a deal that meant she could juggle the "increasing demands" of the show with her musical commitments.
She said: "I loved the UK and being part of the show last year. Mentoring the girls was such an incredible experience I will never forget."
There are reports that former judge Dannii Minogue may return to the programme when it returns later this year.
Singers who want to take part in this year's X Factor have until May 8th to audition via Facebook.
Producers of the hit ITV show announced today that contestants who missed out on the open auditions in six cities can apply by recording a video and uploading it via the X Factor Facebook page.
Producer Richard Holloway said: “We want to cast our net as wide as possible.find the best talent the country has to offer"
This year, for the first time, The X Factor is accepting entries from both professionals and amateurs.
Previous winners include Londoners Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke.