X Factor: Ex-junkie Rachel makes last 24

Troubled X Factor hopeful Rachel Hylton has apparently made it through to the final 24 contestants of the competition.

The 26-year-old single mum, who has had three of her five children taken into care, spoke openly about her past of drugs, crime and under-age sex – before wowing judges with her rendition of Amy Winehouse‘s I’m No Good, at the first round of auditions.

A source on the ITV talent show told The Sun: “Rachel is brilliant – it looks as if she could go far on the show.

“She has got past boot camp and the next stage will be the judges’ houses, which we will film in a few weeks’ time.

“That’s when the four judges pick their final three and those 12 go through to the live shows – so Rachel is in with a great shot of making it.”

Rachel lives in Stanmore, North West London, with her two youngest children, son Tishon, six, and daughter Tashanee, four. Her older two sons and a daughter have both been adopted – but she is allowed to send them cards.

Talking about her past, Rachel – who has served time in prison for crimes including attempted burglary – admitted: “I’m not trying to hide anything.

“I know I took drugs and I know I committed crimes. I’m really remorseful for that.

“I’ve come out the other end and want to have a second chance to make life better for me and my kids.”