Kooky performance impresses

She's got the X Factor: Mentor Ronan Keating was proud of Marlisa Punzalan's performance on Sunday night: "You gave your heart and soul. I've never seen a performance like this on X Factor," he told her. Picture: Courtesy of Channel Seven

She's got the X Factor: Mentor Ronan Keating was proud of Marlisa Punzalan's performance on Sunday night: "You gave your heart and soul. I've never seen a performance like this on X Factor," he told her. Picture: Courtesy of Channel Seven

She's got the X Factor: Mentor Ronan Keating was proud of Marlisa Punzalan's performance on Sunday night: "You gave your heart and soul. I've never seen a performance like this on X Factor," he told her. Picture: Courtesy of Channel Seven

She's got the X Factor: Mentor Ronan Keating was proud of Marlisa Punzalan's performance on Sunday night: "You gave your heart and soul. I've never seen a performance like this on X Factor," he told her. Picture: Courtesy of Channel Seven

MARLISA Punzalan got to unleash her "kooky monster" side to X Factor audiences on Sunday night.

The Glendenning teenager avoided elimination last night following her quirky rendition of Bjork's It's Oh So Quiet.

"It's a fun song that will show a different side of me," Marlisa told the Star on Friday.

She received positive feedback from the judges.

"It was very risky to do it but you brought musical theatre," Redfoo said.

"I felt like a kid watching a play for the first time. I love that you took that risk."

Marlisa described her X Factor experience as amazing, regardless of Sunday night's result.

"I've grown so much in my performances and moving around the stage," she said.

"Not many people get this opportunity. I've made really good friends with all the girls in X Factor."

Her favourite performance was last week's rendition of Olivia Newton-John's Hopelessly Devoted To You, despite having never heard the song before or watched Grease.

"I felt very comfortable with it and felt it was a good song choice," she said.

The toughest was a week earlier when she battled illness while tackling Lady Gaga's Paparazzi.

"That was so hard as I had no rehearsals that week," Marlisa said.

"I had to save my voice for the night. I was proud of myself to do the best I could."

Marlisa juggles auditions several days a week with schoolwork, where she works with a tutor.

"It's been a challenge but I've been able to cope," she said.

Marlisa thinks she can win X Factor but listed Reigan Derry from the over-25s group as her biggest competition.

"I think I'm in with a chance but you never know," she said.

"I've always wanted to be a singer and that hasn't changed."

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