Homage to Keith Urban fires up Caitlyn’s big fan base
THE Gympie Times' crystal ball was on the blink yesterday trying to predict the fate of X Factor top 12 contestant Caitlyn Shadbolt.
But not knowing the live result did not halt calls for celebrity judge and mentor Ronan Keating to pay a visit to the Gold City and the Gympie Music Muster.
Shadbolt was busy with last-minute rehearsals and taming pre-show nerves at the time of print last night; her future on the show already decided.
Voting closed midday yesterday following the first of the show's live performances Sunday.
The Gympie Times, a big supporter of the breakthrough artist, is willing to take a punt and predict the future by saying she makes it.
On the remote chance Caitlyn should miss out, she is a winner regardless.
Few, even Caitlyn herself, could have imagined she would storm the X Factor stage for the maiden live show and have the judges leaping from their seats with applause.
Shadbolt's energetic homage to Keith Urban was one of the last performances Sunday night, but for Gympie fans, more than worth the wait.
SOCIAL media went into meltdown as Caitlyn's army of supporters shared voting details and declared their support for the singer.
There are now growing calls for Ronan Keating to visit the Gold City and experience the Gympie Music Muster at the month's end.
Ronan's Irish tongue stumbled Sunday evening in giving a nod to the Gympie Music Muster, calling it the "Gympie Youth Muster', but his kind words no less sincere.
It was an unexpected plug delighting Gympie Music Muster CEO Jeff Chandler, who said the Gympie Muster would reach out to the celebrity judge and invite him to the Muster later this month.
"We would like to invite him up to experience the event," Mr Chandler said.
"It's exciting for Ronan to mention the Muster on live TV."
Mr Chandler said should Caitlyn survive the first live elimination, efforts to bring Ronan to the Gympie Music Muster would be ramped up.
"I want everyone to get on Facebook and encourage Ronan to do it," Mr Chandler said.
"We will be reaching out through the proper channels to invite Ronan, but we want people to back us and let Ronan know we want him here."
The Gympie Times ran a special double-page spread ahead of Caitlyn's Sunday performance and number one supporter, the singer's mother, Helen, put our printed poster to good use.
Seizing the right moment, Helen pounced on the cameraman and flashed the poster for all home viewers to see.
Also showing support was Gympie State High - the singer's former school.
Students united with an X Factor show of support, celebrating the incredible achievement of their former peer and her early beginnings with the school.
The (Country Music School of Excellence) at Gympie High showcases not only country music but exposes students... to a wide range of extension and performance opportunities," the school said.
"Caitlyn joined the CMSOE in Year 9 and performed at the Muster and Tamworth in the CMSOE show American Greats Tribute."