Leeds’s own X Factor finalist aims to be country music star

Carolynne Poole.
Carolynne Poole.
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Leeds’s own X Factor finalist Carolynne Poole says she would like to fill a gap in the market for a British country music star.

The 32-year-old, who is originally from Bramley, has reached the live TV stage of the competition after losing out at the judges’ houses section of the show last year.

“I’m from Leeds, I’m not from Texas. I don’t claim to be a cowgirl by any means,” she said. “But I do have an underlying theme of country. I’m hoping that I can show that country music isn’t just line-dancing, cowboy hats in the air... it’s good songs, story-telling music.”

Her mentor Gary Barlow said: “I’ve been a massive country fan for years... I think it’s going to be brilliant to have that twist in the show this year.”

Carolynne shot to fame in 2003 when she appeared in the second series of the BBC’s singing competition Fame Academy, in which she reached the final.

She is a former pupil of Intake High School, now Leeds West Academy.

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