A WIGAN singer has spoken of her heartache of having her hopes dashed when X Factor bosses promised her a slot in bootcamp and then dropped her two days before she was due to start.
Shannon Gillespie, of Orrell, was over the moon when she got a yes from judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw and was told on the spot that she would be going through to the next stage.
But she has now been told that due to an exceptionally high volume of talent, she no longer had a place, dashing her hopes.
The 18-year-old Winstanley College student said it was unfair to offer her the spot and then rip it away from her.
She said: “I went to the first audition at the Grand Arcade and producers said I was good enough to go to the TV auditions in front of the judges. I sang How to Save a Life by The Fray and got positive feedback.
“Simon said I reminded him of Ellie Goulding, which is a massive compliment and Cheryl said she would buy my album if I brought one out, which was the best thing ever.
“I was told I would go straight through to boot camp and producers would get back to me with details. We were told not to book transport as they were unsure of the location yet. I was then whisked off to film with Olly Murs as my family and friends congratulated me.
“Then last week I got an email saying that standards were so high, so spaces were limited so a spot on boot camp was not guaranteed. I was heartbroken and waited all day on Saturday to be told I had not got through.
“I knew standards were high, but for me to be told I had a spot and then it was taken away from me, was totally devastating.”
Since Shannon has spoken about her disappointment, fans have taken to social media to support her.
She said: “I have posted videos of me performing and I have had so much positive feedback, which has made me determined to carry on.
“It won’t stop me from entering other TV talent shows. The experience has been eye opening. I got to see what it was like to film on TV, which is something I will never forget.
“I am already recording my own music and trying to put myself out there. I hope to start university at Edge Hill as I want to teach religious studied and I will do my music alongside that.”
But the ITV show insist that the process was fairer than an ‘immediate cull’ of singers on arrival at Bootcamp, as had happened in previous years.
An X Factor spokesman, said: “Owing to a very high standard of talent during this year’s X Factor arena auditions, not all successful singers have been offered a place at Bootcamp.
“All singers have been made aware of this and were told this weekend whether or not they would be going through to Bootcamp, after the judges had reviewed their auditions.”
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