The 20-year-old had previously auditioned for the 2005 series, where she had reached the last seven in her category, but had not been selected for the finals, reports the Sun. The teary-eyed pop-R&B singer urged others to follow their dreams, saying: "I went for this show three years ago and I got told to go home because I wasn't ready. So I came back three years later and look what's happened. It proves you must always, always try again."
Story first published: Monday, December 15, 2008, 11:46 [IST]