Whoa... Did X Factor's Emily Just Steal Melanie Martinez's Cover Of "Toxic"?

28 November 2016, 12:44 | Updated: 8 May 2017, 17:09

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Katie Louise-Smith

By Katie Louise-Smith

We'd know that Britney Spears ukelele cover anywhere...

If you're in the UK, you'll have probably caught a bit of the X Factor UK coverage over the weekend. Our low-key favourite X Factor contestant, Emily Middlemas (no offence fake Louis Tomlinson, you're a close second) opted to sing a cover of Britney Spears' best song Toxic on Saturday's live show (Nov 26.) and it was reaaaaally good.

In the pre-recorded segment before her performance, Emily claimed she had given the song "her own original twist" but when her performance kicked in, it turned out that the acoustic arrangement was actually Melanie Martinez's own version from 2012 when she auditioned for The Voice US.

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During the show, fans were quick to notice that Emily's version of the song bore a striking resemblance to Melanie's original blind audition on - from the choice of instrument, acoustic arrangement of the song and even her damn hairstyle.


Listen to the two songs below and make up your own mind: 



It's not the first time The X Factor UK has been accused of "stealing" an acoustic arrangement (Hello The 1975's Live Lounge cover of "What Makes You Beautiful" anyone?) and passing it off as an original but hey, both performances were pretty damn amazing so who really cares? Imitation is the best form of flattery, amirite?!

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