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Singing mum sees off 200,000 hopefuls to make X-Factor camp

By This is Exeter  |  Posted: September 20, 2008

  • Shelley Lewis has made it through to the X-Factor's Bootcamp after impressing the judges in the auditions GARETH WILLIAMS EE190908_GW01_05

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A SINGLE mum is set for stardom after reaching the final stages of the X-Factor television show.

Shelley Lewis, who lives with her two-year-old daughter in Exminster, sailed through the last gruelling audition, making it through to X-Factor Bootcamp, and beating more than 200,000 other contestants.

The 29-year-old impressed judges on the ITV singing show when she got through the first stage singing Take Another Little Piece of My Heart, by Erma Franklin.

She said: "I got three yes votes and one no from Simon Cowell — he didn't like me very much.

"But after the audition I gave Simon a big kiss and shook the hands of the other three judges. They are all really lovely, even Simon."

Bootcamp is the highly competitive stage from which the lucky finalists are chosen and assigned a judge.

Shelley's final audition was months ago, but it is only now that she has been able to reveal that she made it to Bootcamp.

"The final audition was brilliant. I met lots of really nice people, but it was a very long and tiring day," she said.

"We had to do promotional stuff, and then I had to sit outside of the audition room, waiting two-and-a-half hours for my audition.

"We were not allowed to sing, and because of that the audition went really badly.

"I started the song in the wrong key, and sang a key too high. I hit all the notes but it wasn't very good. Despite that, I managed to get through and I hope to redeem myself at Bootcamp."

Reaching the final audition stage of X-Factor is an accomplishment in itself, and for Shelley it has been an enjoyable but arduous journey.

She said: "We had to got through a series of auditions before we even met the judges. The whole thing has taken months. It's a long and gruelling process.

"But it has been amazing. It has been such a huge experience for me, and it's a bit surreal to be honest It's the best experience I have had, apart from having my little girl."

Shelley, who has always loved performing, is a full-time professional singer, travelling all over the country to entertain audiences.

She said: "I sing at big functions, clubs, fancy pubs — I've even sang at a funeral.

"For now, I'm keeping my options open, because whatever happens, will happen.

"I'm very excited and I feel very good about it. The only thing I'm nervous about is being on television.

"I looked at myself on Saturday night and it's true what they say, the camera does add 20lbs."

Shelley's appearance in Bootcamp will be shown in coming weeks on ITV1.

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    elizabeth, exeter  |  September 22 2008, 9:45AM

    my auntie, proud of you :D

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    mike, Teignmouth  |  September 22 2008, 9:15AM

    Karoake in japanese means empty Orchestra ! like a lot of x factor clowns they could never follow a live band thats where real talent is. she might as well be singing in the shower

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    Nigel M, Cullompton  |  September 22 2008, 8:27AM

    Well said Mark. I went to buy the E&E on Saturday, saw the front page and though "well, if that's the most important thing that's happened there can't be anything worth reading" - so didn't bother. Not the first time the E&E has led with such irrellevance - it's time to stop pandering to the wannabees of such tawdry programmming.

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    mel, exeter  |  September 22 2008, 7:39AM

    Well done shelley!!!!! really proud of ya!!!!! :-) xxx

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    jennie, leamington spa  |  September 20 2008, 7:37PM

    good luck shelley i remember the nights in teignmouth when u rocked the karoake lol xx

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    fiona, exeter  |  September 20 2008, 6:28PM

    well am pleased for you. all the best

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    Adam, exeter  |  September 20 2008, 6:22PM

    Another kareoke wanna be

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    Mark, exeter  |  September 20 2008, 2:41PM

    Is this really a top headline?

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    Alan, Exeter  |  September 20 2008, 8:40AM

    Good luck Shelley , you're doing Devon proud !!