X Factor 2012: 33 year old karaoke queen Tammy Cartwright wows the judges with her singing and her cheeky nan!
33 year old Tammy is all set to make her big X Factor debut this evening.
The support worker has long fancied herself as a singer / songwriter and earlier this year put her talent to the test, when she tried out for the ITV show in Manchester.
Before taking to the stage to perform for Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos, Louis Walsh and guest judge Mel B, Tammy told producers:
“I’m thrilled to bits my Nan is here with me today, she’s like my biggest fan. She’s supported me all through the years so she has to be a part of it, even if she can’t behave.”
“In my 20’s, my dream was to be successful in singing and I’m in my 30’s now and I think I’ve got to that age that if I don’t do it now, I will never get it done. It’s really important that I get this right today. I will just give it my best shot and hope it’s good enough.”
When Tam walked out on to the stage, she told the judges all about her grandma, saying:
” My crazy nan…We have got three generations of craziness, my nan, my mum and me!”
Mel B wanted to meet the pensioner, so called her out and asked:
“So May, what do you think of Tammy’s singing?”
“Fantastic. She is bloody brilliant…..she is gonna win it… I’m mental. Ta-ra!
Tammy finally got to the singing part and performed One Night Only by Jennifer Hudson for the panel.
Louis: Tammy that was a power house performance. You were born to sing.
Tulisa: I think you are so likeable. You have great stage presence, great song choice and you rocked that stage.
Gary: Tammy, oh my god you can sing. You’re 33 and the fact that we haven’t heard of you before, it’s puzzling.
“I haven’t really done anything now for 10 years except for karaoke.”
“My brother had a lot of issues with something he shouldn’t have been doing which took up a lot of my time. Then mum had breast cancer so that’s why I haven’t performed in a long while. I sort of made a deal with my brother, he told me to stop preaching about his life and do something with my own. So here I am.”
Mel B continued:
“I’ve got to be honest, when you first started singing I did think it was a little bit karaoke and I felt like I was at Blackpool pleasure beach watching one of them shows. (audience boo)Hold on! I’ve not finished! And then as the song went along you really shone. You need to know that you are bloody fantastic.”
Tune into the X Factor tonight to see if the judges liked Tammy enough to put her through to bootcamp. If they did and she got past that stage, she’ll be mentored by Take That star Gary for judges houses and possibly the live shows.