Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

X Factor loser to try again

X Factor judge Gary Barlow said Carolynne Poole could be the 'dark horse of the show'

One of last year's losers is returning to the X Factor to try again after being inspired by a rugby playing relative.

Carolynne Poole performs for the panel in a bid to win a second chance at success after Louis Walsh sent her home from the judges house's stage last year.

The 31-year-old from Huddersfield said she had nearly given up her dreams of stardom after a bad year.

She said: "Last year myself and my husband had been through IVF and it had failed, then my marriage was in tatters, I had lost him and I had lost the hope of a family and I had lost the hope of a career singing. I felt like there was no coming back from that".

She tells Walsh his rejection broke her heart, adding: "I'll be honest with you I felt pretty sorry for myself for a few months and my cousin dragged me out of bed and she plays rugby for England so I didn't argue with her.

"She took me rugby training and she told me to stop feeling sorry for myself, knocked a bit of sense into me and give me a bit of my fight back and just reminded me of the fighting Yorkshire lass that I thought I was."

And her version of Emeli Sande's, Clown impressed the judges with Gary Barlow telling her she could be "the dark horse of the competition".

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