X marks the spot for star
DOES Kimberly Hughes of Evans Head have the X-Factor and what it takes to be a star on the Australian music scene?
She thinks so, her four-year-old daughter thinks so, but do the judges of the Seven Network TV talent program think so?
Lower Richmond River residents will be glued to their television sets when the X-Factor airs to see those questions answered.
Miss Hughes has made it into the second round of the competition which has produced stars the likes of Altiyan Childs, Vince Harder and, most recently, Reece Mastin.
She will find out on April 30 if she has made it to the next stage.
Miss Hughes, 29, tried her luck first at the Brisbane auditions for the show.
But she was not "match fit" for that performance having suffered a cold in the lead up.
So a determined Miss Hughes gave it another go.
She travelled to Melbourne two weeks later for a second audition and this time was successful.
"I have been spending the last four years concentrating on raising my daughter, and I sort of lost touch with music a little bit, but I felt like this is my time," the high school English teacher said.
"I feel I am good enough. I want to do this and I want to be on that show.
"I know that the X-Factor is a great platform... and it is a foot in the door, and that is hard to get when you don't have that kind of exposure.
"I think I have the X-Factor, not that I know how to define that.
"But when somebody has that it is about a unique element and you just know you have got it."
Miss 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," she said.
Regardless of the outcome of her X-Factor adventure Miss Hughes knows her biggest fan will always be her daughter Mia Jo Henderson.
"(She sounds like) Lady Gaga," Mia said.