X FACTOR contestant Nicola ‘Bupsi’ Brown from Chapeltown is hoping to step out of Tina Turner’s shadow on this weekend’s show and “make Leeds proud.”
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.
She performed a raunchy audition of Tina Turner song Rock Me Baby for judges on the X Factor audition before being voted through to the next round.
Bupsi 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.
Bupsi said: “For the life of me I can’t remember what we even sung, it was just the fact that ‘we are here with Destiny’s Child, how amazing is that?’ You were just in the right place, it wasn’t planned and you just got lucky.”
She still has ambitions to make a name for herself, adding: “I’m really creative and I love to write songs, I’ve recorded a lot of songs but haven’t released anything.”
Bupsi is enjoying her time on the X Factor, but is having to look after her voice. She said: “My voice isn’t fantastic, at the moment I’ve got a virus, I need to drink loads of tea, have a digestive biscuit, not use my voice too much and just take in the whole thing because as happy as you are you’ve got to remember it is a competition. You just want your journey in the X Factor to be a really happy one, you want to get on with your X Factor buddies and you want to do your best, you want to make your community proud. I want to make Leeds proud. I want to make the nation proud of me.”
She added: “I don’t think I’ve got it in the bag but I’m giving it my best shot. Even though I’m still not 100 per cent no negativity is going to put me off my track because I am one of those people that has been trying to do this for a long time.
“When I was younger I tried to make it in so many ways, sending off my little cassette tape hoping somebody would find it and it never happened for me.”