Edinburgh Has Talent singer aims for X Factor glory

Former Edinburgh's Got Talent winner Caitlyn Vanbeck. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Former Edinburgh's Got Talent winner Caitlyn Vanbeck. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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Caitlyn Vanbeck is no stranger to the stage, having wowed audiences in the Capital to win Edinburgh Has Talent at just 13.

Now the Tranent teenager has set her sights wider than Edinburgh – fighting fierce competition to get through to the Boot Camp stage of TV show The X Factor.

She could follow in Leon Jackson’s footsteps to become the next X Factor winner from the Lothians – but despite brushing shoulders with Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, she is keeping her feet firmly on the ground.

Rather than basking in the attention from her first TV appearance, the 17-year-old started a degree in primary teaching at Edinburgh University this week.

The former Ross High pupil – who shot to local fame with her performance of Adele’s Don’t You Remember at the Playhouse in 2011 – said the X Factor experience had been “amazing” so far.

The whirlwind began at the beginning of July, when parents Marina and Paul drove her to Manchester for the audition.

It was 11.45pm by the time she was eventually called to perform her chosen song, I See Fire by Ed Sheeran. And although she was criticised for her “boring” choice, she was sent through to the next round.

She was later whisked away to The Grove hotel in Hertfordshire for the Boot Camp, where the 90 remaining contestants are given a series of challenges.

“We were thrown straight into it,” said Caitlyn, who joined with other artists to take part in the first task. “We were given a song and we had to perform it the next day. Performances started at 4pm and they went right on until 3am.”

All of her group got through to the next stage, however she said it was difficult to say goodbye to other new friends.

“It’s emotionally draining,” she said. “I was happy one minute, sad the next.”

Caitlyn admitted it was bizarre to see herself on TV when the first Boot Camp challenge aired at the weekend.

The solo Boot Camp task will be screened this weekend – but Caitlyn is sworn to secrecy about whether she gets through to the next round.

If she is successful, the next stage is the Judges’ Houses, then finally the live shows.

She is philosophical about her musical career – and is steering clear of freshers’ parties as she juggles her commitments. She said: “I’m just remembering that I’ve got so many years ahead of me. Even if I don’t get much further I’ve done well.”

kaye.nicolson@edinburghnews.com