A woman from Daventry will be singing at Wembley Arena this afternoon (Wednesday) in the second round of auditions for the X Factor.
Evelina Parker, from The Severn, has already made it past the first round, singing in front of the show’s production team.
Mrs Parker works as a mid-day supervisor at The Grange School in Daventry, and as a cleaner, including at the Gusher’s office in High Street.
She said: “I like karaoke and sing at places like The Peppermill, Daventry Town Football Club and the Dun Cow. Last year I applied for X Factor, but they wanted me to go to Newcastle for the audition so I said no.
“I applied again this year and was asked to go down to Wembley Arena on Sunday. We got there at about 7.30am, and the queue was already huge. We got inside and sat down, and they were calling people by rows of seats, but we were right at the back! It was about 9.30pm when I got called through.
“I’d sat and seen people coming out in tears, or cheering with happiness. I was so nervous my hands were shaking. The four people there asked me my name and what I did, and I told them I was a scrubber and they burst out laughing.
“I sang Whitney Houston’s One Moment In Time, and they said to me not to stop. They asked me why I hadn’t applied before, and told me I was through.
“When I got outside and told my two boys, and they were crying and said they were really proud of me, and my heart melted. They said just go for it.
“At the school I was working in the dinner hall and one of the children asked if it was true that I’d auditioned for X Factor and wanted to know what I sang. But they’re young and they don’t know of people like Whitney Houston or Tina Turner! So I said Amy Winehouse and they just about knew of her. It’s so good though that people are already supporting me on Facebook or when I go into the shops.”
The second round of auditions was held yesterday at Wembly Arena with Mrs Parker was told to be there for 4pm.
She said: “I’m going to go have fun and see what happens. I don’t know if it’ll be in front of the actual judges or the production crew again – although I’m not scared of Simon Cowell. I started singing as a child back home on Flores in Indonesia. My mum and dad had nine children and it was kind of a band; I was one of the singers.”