Leeds singer Bupsi’s success in Six Chair Challenge

Nicola 'Bupsi' Brown with Simon Cowell SYCO/THAMES TV.
Nicola 'Bupsi' Brown with Simon Cowell SYCO/THAMES TV.
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Leeds’s Nicola ‘Bupsi’ Brown has sailed her way through to the next round of The X Factor following the controversial Six Chair Challenge.

Music mogul Simon Cowell struggled to select his six finalists in the television talent show at the weekend.

Bupsi’s rendition of Respect by Aretha Franklin saw her take a chair in the challenge.

The round sees each judge choose six acts to take through to Judges’ Houses by granting one a seat on stage if they are considered good enough.

Bupsi, 37, who has been singing for more than 20 years, has worked with major acts including Destiny’s Child, but her main job in recent years has been her Tina Turner tribute act.

The hopeful from Chapeltown has been a backing singer for Edwin Starr and has worked with Martha Reeves and Mary Wilson of The Supremes.

And she has supported Destiny’s Child at the NEC in Birmingham, when she met Beyonce.

In an earlier interview with the YEP she revealed she wanted to make Leeds proud.

During the challenge Cowell described whittling down his Overs category as “torture” as he repeatedly changed his mind about the fates of several contestants.

Next weekend’s Judges’ Houses sees the return of Mason Noise following Leeds contestant Tom Bleasby’s decision to quit.

The 21-year-old hopeful was originally booted out of the competition for rowing with Cowell over the length of his Six Chair Challenge audition.

He will rejoin DJ Nick Grimshaw’s boys.

Judges’ Houses also includes appearances from guest mentors All About That Bass star Meghan Trainor, singer Jess Glynne, producer Mark Ronson and One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson.

Aired over two nights, this stage of the competition will make X Factor history as it will be the first time the final 12 are announced live.

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