Published Friday, 11 May 2012
X Factor star Janet Devlin. (© Pacemaker)
The 17-year-old, who was a finalist on the TV talent show last year, said she is "flattered" with the honour being bestowed upon her by the town's council.
"It's very flattering to hear people say nice things and have the day about you but it is kind of weird," said modest Janet.
"It is kind of like a celebration of the events that have happened."
The feisty singer from Gortin was a sensation on the X Factor in 2011, making her way to the final five under mentor Kelly Rowland and with help from her fans in Northern Ireland.
Janet was being offered record deals just 24 hours after she was voted off the competition and says she has been working hard on her debut album ever since.
She explained: "It will probably be out about September, October time, that's what the aim is and I'll be working hard towards that goal."
Between now and then, Janet has a packed schedule of gigs - including a concert with former X Factor rival Marcus, and a special show in Portrush to welcome the Olympic flame as it tours NI in the lead-up to the London 2012 games.
"I have a few gigs lined up then I'm going into the studio to record a few demos or a couple of tracks and that will be on 28 May," she continued.
"Then I'm out of the studio and doing the Olympic torch thing in Portrush."
And with her music career ready to take off, Janet said she has no plans to return to full-time education in the near future.
"I'm too busy to go back to school," she said.
"Hopefully I won't need it if I can get the single out and work hard with music instead of having to go to school and university and stuff."
The special Civic Reception for Janet is set to take place at around 3.30pm on Friday.
It is not the first honour she has received in her hometown, after she took to the big stage to switch on the Christmas lights in front of thousands last year.
Meanwhile Janet has also been closely following Britian's Got Talent on UTV and says she is tipping Irish singer-songwriter Ryan O'Shaughnessy to lift the crown this weekend.
He reached the final by winning the public vote in Thursday's semi-final, after he was previously signed up to the Irish version of rival show The Voice.
"I think he can win," Janet said.
"The whole thing of him coming back ... he deserves to be there - he's brilliant."
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