Chorley pensioner is X Factor star
A PENSIONER from Chorley who captured the hearts of the nation when she appeared on ITV’s prime time talent show The X Factor has vowed to continue singing.
Joyce Costello, 73, who lives on Hodder Avenue, first sang 1960s hit Paper Roses in front of judges Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow and Sharon Osbourne, who put her through to sing in front of a crowd of 4,000 people at London’s Wembley Arena.
Rosy-cheeked Joyce became an instant hit on Facebook and Twitter, and she also went down a storm with the London audience.
Joyce said: “I sang in front of 4,000 people in Wembley. I met all the judges as well. They were nice.
“I liked Sharon Osbourne and I liked Nicole.
“All the crowd, they all cheered for me, they all liked me.
“I thought I would have got through but I didn’t. I got through in Manchester twice. I got three yesses.”
Joyce is not the only person from Chorley to have found fame on the show. In 2011 serving soldier Jonjo Kerr reached the finals of the talent competition, before he was sent home by the judges.
Joyce said that she was very proud to represent her hometown on the television.
She said: “I’m very proud, really I am.”
Joyce has now got a taste for fame, and has set her sights on another show.
She said: “I’m going to try and go on Britain’s Got Talent next.
“I’ve been on Opportunity Knocks too, in 1979. I’ve been doing it since I was a little girl, my dad was a good singer and I took it on.”
Joyce also made reference to her favourite Chorley cafe, Romeo’s, on national television.
The cafe has been showing support for Joyce on its Facebook page, posting videos of her singing there. Speaking after the show Joyce said: “I love Romeo’s, it’s my favourite cafe. I’ve been going in there nearly 11 years.”
Cafe owner Hayley Dashti said: “Great advertisement for Romeo's from our little Joyce!”
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