Singing
53-year-old Farmer takes the stage and puts voice on full display singing “You’re My World”
She's got a timeless quality to her voice and it just flows right out of her. 🤩
Harper Gillis
10.25.23

The British version of the TV show X Factor has long been celebrated for discovering hidden musical talents.

One such gem was Jacqueline Faye, a 53-year-old farmer from the picturesque landscapes of Wales.

Stepping onto the stage, her humble demeanor gave no hint to the audience or the judges of the vocal enchantment that was about to grace their ears.

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Jacqueline chose to perform Cilla Black’s timeless classic, “You’re My World.”

It was a choice that would soon leave the audience and judges in awe.

Simon Cowell, known for his skeptical and often critical demeanor, rolled his eyes as Jacqueline began sharing tales of her serene farm life in Oxfordshire.

There, she lives with her husband Bobby, a variety of farm animals, and her two cherished peacocks, Chas and Dave, creating a picture of pastoral bliss.

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However, Jacqueline was far from a novice when it came to performing.

Prior to her X Factor debut, she had been the headline vocalist on “The London Showboat” for 14 years, boasting a singing career that spanned over a quarter of a century.

Despite having performed both in the UK and internationally, she had recently opted for the peaceful life of a farmer, assisting her husband in raising chickens, ducks, and horses in Oxfordshire.

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More than a farmer and a seasoned performer, Jacqueline is also a devoted fan of Robbie Williams.

She doesn’t merely view him as an entertainer but as an icon.

Her profound love for music and her extensive experience as a singer added depth to her persona, presenting her as more than just a farmer with a dream, but a woman with a rich tapestry of life experiences and passions.

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Jacqueline’s initial performance almost propelled her to the judges’ house round, impressing all with her powerful voice and stage presence.

Her journey was abruptly halted when she was narrowly outperformed by 24-year-old Italian singer Antonino Spadaccino.

Simon Cowell, who had initially doubted her capabilities, displayed visible surprise when fellow judge Ayda Field chose to give Jacqueline’s seat to Antonino.

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After her enthralling performance, Simon Cowell remarked, “When you walked out I thought you’d walked out on to the wrong show by mistake and I’m thinking this isn’t going to be great and then you were.”

He continued, “There’s no other way of putting it. You’re a little tiger aren’t you? And that’s why we will never put an age barrier on the show.”

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The X Factor has historically been a springboard for numerous successful artists, such as the globally renowned ‘One Direction’.

Although they secured only third place during their season, their career soared to far greater heights than the season’s winner, Matt Cardle, and the runner-up, Rebecca Ferguson.

Intriguingly, the members of One Direction had initially auditioned as solo artists, discovering their true potential only when they were assembled into a group.

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Another triumphant tale from the show is that of Little Mix, a girl group that not only clinched victory in their season but also ascended to become one of the most popular girl groups worldwide.

The X Factor has demonstrated a remarkable ability to create winning combinations.

This only affirms the adage that sometimes the whole is indeed greater than the sum of its parts.

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Although Jacqueline didn’t progress far in the competition, she undeniably captivated the hearts of both the audience and the judges.

Her rendition of “You’re My World” lingers as a poignant moment, affirming that talent knows no boundaries of age or occupation.

Her outstanding voice continues to resonate, a testament to the boundless possibilities that lie within us all, waiting for the right moment to shine.

Hear her incredible voice in the video below!

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