A COLOURFUL and entertaining grandma was the standout performer as the X Factor auditions rolled into Blackpool.
A disused unit at the Houndshill shopping centre was converted into the hit show’s HQ for performers up and down the Fylde coast to go along and show off their vocal talent to the expectant producers.
But few chose to do so during the morning session – only five hopefuls went through the doors to sing everything from Adele to Frank Sinatra.
The judges were impressed, however, by the talented 81-year-old Trudy Waits, a fan of the show and former club entertainer from Albert Road, Blackpool.
She sang the 1939 Harold Arien song, Lydia the Tattooed Lady.
She said: “I’ve done a lot of singing in clubs and I still do some entertainment, but had to stop a lot of it when my husband became ill.
“Simon Cowell is great and the best judge, but I don’t like Gary Barlow, I’d make a better judge than him.”
The producers were keen to see Trudy again, but the commitment she has in caring for her husband means she will miss out on the next stage.
Other singers were not as successful.
Sean McCooey, 19, of Rangeway, South Shore, sang Adele’s Chasing Pavements, but was ultimately given a ‘no’.
He said: “I messed it up and a combination of nerves and a cold doesn’t help.
“They were really nice about it and told me ‘not today’, but I could go back to the Manchester auditions once my cold clears up.”
Stephen Lee, 24, of Shannon Street, Blackpool, sang My Way by Frank Sinatra, but was also unsuccessful.
He said: “This is something I’ve always toyed with doing. I was worried but optimistic before going in, but I’ve usually had 10 pints before I go on the karaoke!”
Joe Bass, a spokesman for the X Factor, said: “We do the mobile auditions to go to smaller towns and cities for people that can’t make it to the big auditions.
“Last year we went to Middlesbrough and found James Arthur because he couldn’t afford a train ticket to Newcastle.
“So without these visits, last year we wouldn’t have found our winner.”