A teenage girl from Thurnscoe is hoping for stardom after competing in this year’s X Factor in a band she hoped would be the female One Direction.
Abby Eades, 18, of Hampole Drive, started out as a solo singer in the competition, but two weeks ago viewers saw her being put into a newly-created girl band at the bootcamp stage.
The original five band members had entered as solo singers and were told they had not made it through to the judges houses.
That was until the judges, Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Mel B, decided to make them in to a girl group.
The group were then initially rejected by mentor, music manager Louis Walsh, when he was deciding which of his groups he would take to his house in Bermuda.
However, in a dramatic twist the girls were then called back and won a three-minute sing off in the closing minutes of the episode, earning them a place at the judges’ houses.
However, their joy was sadly short lived.
On last week’s episode of the ITV talent show, viewers saw the unnamed girl band fail to secure a place in the live final shows that air this Saturday.
Abby, who is still a Cheryl impersonator in a Girls Aloud tribute act, Girlz Aloud, said: “Not getting through was heartbreaking at the time, it was really, really emotional. I cried again last weekend watching it again on the TV, but we still have each other and we’ve got lots of great things coming up so I don’t regret anything.”
Asked about the possibility of being the judges wildcard act, which will be revealed in this weekend’s episode. Abby said: “We haven’t heard anything about it.”
The girl band, now down to a group of four after Mimi O’Connell decided to pursue her solo career earlier this week, are hosting a live video chat through popular social networking site Twitter this Saturday, when they will finally tell fans what they are going to call themselves.
Despite it being her dream to be a singer, Abby has revealed that she did not know she could sing until a few years ago.
The former Netherwood Secondary School pupil said: “I didn’t realise I could sing until I was in year 10 at school. I took a music GCSE and obviously part of that was singing.
“My teacher told me I was really good and asked me to sing in a presentation evening at school and it all went from there.After that I got in to Girlz Aloud and then I auditioned for X Factor.”
Abby’s music teacher Charlotte Frogarty said: “She always had a natural talent and a beautiful voice. She was in every talent show we had. We are all so proud of her. She’s a star.”
Abby said she is looking forward to the future with band mates, Abi Garrido, Leah Gooden and Saffron Silva, and they already have one concert arranged and plans to record music and videos.