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6 May 2014

X-Factor hopeful warms up at Truro Festival

A potential future singing star from Cornwall has warmed up for an appearance on the X-Factor with a performance at the Truro Festival.

We’ve been backing the Truro Festival throughout, with dozens of events taking place just a few miles from our Cornwall holiday cottages, so we were delighted to see Scarlette Von B use the festival to prepare for the national TV competition.

The show, which launched the careers of stars like Girls Aloud, Olly Murs and Susan Boyle has been running for years but is just as popular as ever – and Scarlette hopes she’ll be the next star to emerge from the competition.

If she does she’ll be following in the footsteps of Alex Parkes, the Cornish singer songwriter who won the BBC’s Fame Academy in 2001, when reality singing contests on TV were a new idea.

As preparation for the X–Factor Scarlette entered the Truro Festival’s busking based talent competition, where she finished as runner-up.

Penwith College student Scarlette has already successfully negotiated two rounds of Simon Cowell’s reality show and is one of just two Cornish performers left in the competition.

Now she can add success in a busking competition to her musical CV, despite having no experience of busking and despite the fact she was a reluctant participant who had to be persuaded to take part by organisers Source FM community radio station.

The 17-year-old is now training with her singing coach Vikki St Leger and is waiting to hear when she’ll next take part in the X-Factor, after winning her way through heats in Newquay and Plymouth.

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