Sassy single mum and white van driver Shelley Smith has made it past boot camp to make it through to the judges' houses round of the X Factor.
Sharon Osbourne decided her rendition of Respect by Aretha Franklin was good enough to get her a spot on the 'six seats' - earning her the chance to win a spot on the live shows.
She was back stage with her daughter before performing and told host Dermot O'Leary: "I love singing so much, that arena audition was insane. The reaction was beyond anything that I thought I could get.
"To stand on the stage, give my all and people accept me for who I am, with all my cracks and my little chubby cheeks? That would mean everything to me.
"Three seats left, bring it on Dermot!"
The audience loved the performance too and happily gave Shelley a standing ovation.
Gary Barlow told her afterwards: “What an amazing voice you have, the lows the highs….your tone is incredible.”
Louis Walsh added: “That was powerful, I think you’re special.”
But Smith had to impress Sharon Osbourne, who would be mentoring the over 25s this year and who was picking the final six for judges houses. Her luck was in and Mrs Osbourne said: “Shelley I have already made up my mind, you’re going to have to go over to the seats.”
The 34-year-old told the Echo last month that she was “overwhelmed” by her moment in the spotlight - but promised there will be much more to come.
Delivery driver Shelley said: “If everyone with the surname Smith votes for me I’m bound to win!
“Can I win? Why not – someone has to. I’ve been told I’ve got the shock factor – I have the personality.
"It has been crazy. People have been stopping me un the street, and shouting Shelley and X Factor at me! It’s been lovely, I’m enjoying every minute of it.”
Shelley was born in Exeter and moved to Teignmouth, where she went to school with members of Muse.
She moved back to Exeter, where she now lives.
“I’ve been singing in pubs and clubs on the circuit so I know how to perform,” she said.
“But obviously Wembley was a massive arena. I was nervous, because you never know how people are going to react to you. But it was amazing. Four yeses for me was huge, that’s what I wanted, I’d dreamt about.”
The single mum said her little girl Madeline, seven, is her biggest fan.
It remains to be seen how far she will go in the prestigious competition. But she’s made the best possible start.