Teen undertaker is first to pass Newport X factor audition

South Wales Argus: 'YOU'RE THROUGH': 18-year-old Newport undertaker Rachael Ryan 'YOU'RE THROUGH': 18-year-old Newport undertaker Rachael Ryan

AN 18-year-old Newport undertaker was the first to get through the X factor auditions which came to the city yesterday, ahead of this year’s series.

Wannabe pop stars of all ages turned out to audition before two producers in the Kingsway Centre, Newport on Friday, as part of the hit talent show’s mobile auditions.

Rachael Ryan, 18, from Bettws has auditioned for the show three times before. The teenager is better known for her role as an undertaker in her family’s funeral directors, Michael G Ryan Son & Daughters Ltd, but she said singing has always been part of her life and she hopes one day it can be a career.

“It’s not just a hobby, it’s a lifestyle choice more than anything. No one really knows about the singing because it’s all about the funerals, but I’ve been singing since I was four or five years old,” she said.

Ms Ryan sang Katy Perry’s ‘Unconditionally’ and Emeli Sande’s ‘Read all about it’.

She said: “They said ‘yes’ straight away. They were asking a lot about the funeral stuff. But it’s just the beginning”

The young singer will now be called to audition in Cardiff next week which she will have to get through before further camera tests and a chance of going before Simon Cowell.

The second to get through was Rita Zafiriou, a cleaner at the Royal Gwent Hospital. The 45-year-old from Newport said she had auditioned a few times before.

She said: “It went much better today. I sang ‘Hanky Panky’ and ‘Maria’. I just love singing.”

Streams of X factor hopefuls queued patiently in the Kingsway Centre for their chance at stardom, but for many the dream was over all too quickly.

Claire Tucker, 23, from Cwmbran, was the first in line arriving at 8.30am. She said: “I was preparing for the Cardiff auditions but then the Newport ones came. I did X factor three years ago but I’m feeling confident today. I’m just nervous about the questions they are going to ask.”

Ms Tucker didn’t get through but like others, said she would try again.

Jamee Summers, 19, who was also unsuccessful, said: “I felt it went well. I’m definitely going to try for the Cardiff auditions.”

The nerves got to a lot of people like Malaki Gulwell, 21 from Bettws who sang the wrong lines. But he remained positive and said: “It’s brilliant to see something like this come to Newport.”

One of the oldest singers trying out was 65-year-old David Ablett from Cwmbran, who had never auditioned before. He said: “I saw it in the paper. I do a bit of Karaoke and people said I should give it a go.”

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9:27am Sat 5 Apr 14

beechwoodboy says...

Well done Rachael!! Best wishes for the next step!!
Well done Rachael!! Best wishes for the next step!! beechwoodboy
  • Score: 10

11:38am Sat 5 Apr 14

Rebekah_dmg says...

Well Done Rach!
i told you you'd get thru!
so proud!
xxx
Well Done Rach! i told you you'd get thru! so proud! xxx Rebekah_dmg
  • Score: 4

1:20pm Sat 5 Apr 14

julie the bitch says...

Well done and best of luck xx
Well done and best of luck xx julie the bitch
  • Score: 6

10:36pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Thor at the door says...

So so sad, I hate these reality tv programmes.
So so sad, I hate these reality tv programmes. Thor at the door
  • Score: 1

1:17am Mon 7 Apr 14

smokintheweed says...

Thor at the door wrote:
So so sad, I hate these reality tv programmes.
So?
[quote][p][bold]Thor at the door[/bold] wrote: So so sad, I hate these reality tv programmes.[/p][/quote]So? smokintheweed
  • Score: 1

10:43am Mon 7 Apr 14

Thor at the door says...

So, the programme is rubbish.
So, the programme is rubbish. Thor at the door
  • Score: 5

12:18pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Gareth says...

There have been no end of chicken pluckers, toilet sloppers and the rest of it who genuinely thought they proceeded through such ghastly shows on a promise that they really were there because of talent, not their quirky day job.

Any actual talent they had was irrelevant, so ignored, and they found themselves laughed at, made fun of, all in the name of entertainment, only re-appearing at the finals show in the 'quirky losers and bad singers' ensemble.

I so hope that they chose this young for the potential of her voice to sell millions of albums, but the "They were asking a lot about the funeral stuff,” doesn't bode well unfortunately.
There have been no end of chicken pluckers, toilet sloppers and the rest of it who genuinely thought they proceeded through such ghastly shows on a promise that they really were there because of talent, not their quirky day job. Any actual talent they had was irrelevant, so ignored, and they found themselves laughed at, made fun of, all in the name of entertainment, only re-appearing at the finals show in the 'quirky losers and bad singers' ensemble. I so hope that they chose this young for the potential of her voice to sell millions of albums, but the "They were asking a lot about the funeral stuff,” doesn't bode well unfortunately. Gareth
  • Score: 4

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