Evans Head songbird in quest for TV
DOES singer Kimberly Hughes of Evans Head have the X Factor?
That question will be answered this year after getting through the auditions and into the second round of the Seven Network TV talent program.
Ms Hughes, 29, tried her luck in the Brisbane auditions and when she missed out there she went to Melbourne two weeks later to have another crack at it.
This time she was successful, earning a performance in the second round in front of the executive producer Jonathon Summerhayes.
She now faces an anxious wait until the end of this month to see whether she has made it through to round three, which would involve singing in front of a live audience and the four celebrity judges.
If all goes well she could end up on TV in the X Factor boot camp and judges' auditions, with live shows to air from September 3 to November 27.
Ms Hughes won a North Coast Entertainment Industry Dolphin Award in 2005 for best pop song, Know Me Too Well.
She has sung semi-professionally since she was 15, doing gigs in pubs and clubs and has twice auditioned for the Ten Network's Australian Idol, once getting through to the second round.
"It sounds corny but I can get lost in singing," the high school English teacher said.
"It takes you to another place, away from the difficult realities and traumas of life.
"In that sense it can be very healing.
"Being able to write songs about difficult experiences is a powerful way to express my feelings and communicate things."
Ms Hughes says her pop rock sound is not specifically aimed at teenagers but rather is accessible to everyone.
"I write my own songs and sing a lot of Aussie stuff," she said.
"Vocally, I cover a lot of different artists. I love country artists such as Alison Krauss, but my voice is a bit rougher, more like that of Pink."
Her daughter, Mia Jo Henderson, 4, had the last word: "Like Lady Gaga".