I'm a fan.
|Doesn't she just look like a country star?|
For those people who don't know who Carolynne Poole is, she was one of X-Factor's Finalists in the UK and was voted off, essentially, last Sunday. She was in the bottom two and had a sing off with another competitor, Rylan Clark. The judges were supposed to decide, based on that performance, who should stay on the X-Factor, or who should stay. One of the judges, Louis Walsh, changed his mind, and it went to a Deadlock and it was discovered the Carolynne got the lowest number of votes of all the contestants. There was a mass outrage on Twitter, with over 650,000 tweets on the subject, and even rumours of a fixed decision to further the controversy.
I'm not one to bring up reality television programming, or talent contests, because I tend not to watch them. But there is something massive to be learned from this: even though you have the talent, it's not guaranteed to make you successful. Even though you've worked hard and poured your blood, sweat, and tears into something that you're good at and that you love, doesn't mean you're guaranteed a spot at the top.
What would be the right words to say to somebody that got one step closer but again didn't make it? I don't think even a cup of tea could fix it that. My hope is that if you feel like you're meant to do something, have the faith to keep going.