Leeds lass Kayleigh Manners has taken the X-Factor stage by storm with her ‘home grown’ vocals.
The 23-year-old fitness instructor from Harehills, is getting the backing of the city and the Yorkshire Evening Post.
She impressed the judges on theITV talent show after getting through to the Bootcamp qualifiers on Sunday.
But as nerves got the better of her, it was a tense moment at Wembley Arena, as Kayleigh quietly started singing ‘Here Comes the Sun’ as she played her guitar, before being stopped by judge Cheryl, who told her: “You’ve got to show us what you are made of. You can’t look at the floor.”
Kayleigh then sang Elton John’s ‘Your Song’, causing the massive audience to go wild with her emotive performance from the heart.
Judge Mel B, also originally from Harehills, told her: “You’ve got to jump on that train and sort yourself out because your voice is amazing.” Louis Walsh added: “I love your frailty.”
Kayleigh, who went to Mount St Mary’s Catholic High School, said: “I’m a bit overwhelmed by all the attention I’m suddenly getting and how nice people are. My mum Cat, who is also a singer, has always encouraged me to sing at home since I was seven. My girlfriend persuaded me to attend the auditions in Manchester.”
Her dad Chris is a youth worker with disadvantaged youngsters in Leeds.
Kayleigh, who has seen a surge of twitter followers, tweeted on Sunday: “Ohhhh dear dear dear. Nerves will be the death of me.” She added: “I’d like to say a huge thanks to people for their support and to my girlfriend for truly believing in me.”
She has never had a professional singing lesson in her life.
She had performed only at a charity concert before the auditions.
Kayleigh is trained as a fitness instructor.
She is not a typical X-Factor contestant and describes her singing style as: “I am a soul singer and I incorporate pop, indie and soul together to create my own unique sound.”