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.