Jackie now an ex-X fan
TWIN musicians Jackie and Brett Kempnich of Yamba weren't exactly thrilled with their experience on X-Factor 2012.
The pair successfully passed pre-audition screening for the show in March and were then called back a month later for the televised Gold Coast auditions in front of the judges and 4000 others.
Jackie played guitar while she and Brett harmonised to a mash-up of Take Your Mama (Scissor Sisters) and All Night Long (Lionel Richie).
With three judges saying yes and one saying no ("Mel B didn't like us"), the performance was good enough to get the Kempnich twins to the next stage of the competition in the group category.
Within weeks the duo were flown to Sydney and were told they had to learn four songs provided to them.
Two days later they were told they had to choose their favourite tune to perform for the judges.
Jackie said she and Brett "killed it" with their version of Atomic Kitten's You can Make Me Whole Again.
She witnessed other groups forget words and stop through their performance.
The competing groups were assembled and told a third of them would be leaving that night.
"We were split into three groups and looking at the people in the other groups, Brett thought we'd be a shoe-in to make it through but Ronan (Keating) told us we didn't make it.
"The girls who'd forgotten their words and stopped were in the group that made it through.
"That's when we sort of clicked on to the fact it wasn't as much about the singing as it is about a story they can market.
"I'm not interested in airing my dirty laundry ... my life hasn't exactly been all happy and rosy but I thought the show was about singing."
Jackie, who said she lost three kilograms due to the stress of the experience, said she wouldn't recommend it for young musicians.
Instead, she said aspiring musos should concentrate on festivals such as Tamworth where musicianship was the top priority.
"Reality shows are just about the ratings," she said. "My advice, if you do go on something like X-Factor, make sure you've got a story they can follow otherwise you won't get a look-in."