Her entry “Shine a Little Light” proved to be one of the stand-out favourites of the UK’s national final Eurovision: You Decide. Now former girl group member Bianca Claxton is putting herself through another challenge, this time auditioning for The X Factor.
The Sun is reporting that recently Bianca auditioned in front of the judges in London, giving a “polished performance”. She particularly impressed Sharon Osborne, who is said to have picked Bianca as a potential winner.
Bianca was part of the British girl group Parade, whose single “Louder” reached No.10 in the UK chart. Since then, she had worked on her solo career, and also done backing vocals for artists such as Leona Lewis and Cher.
This led to Bianca entering the new UK national final Eurovision: You Decide. “Shine a Little Light” was not an outright favourite before the show, but after Bianca delivered a confident, emotional performance with flawless vocals, many Eurovision fans had her picked as their favourite.
Former X Factor winner Leona was also one of the co-writers of “Shine a Little Light”, and Bianca will be hoping that some of that success rubs off when her X Factor journey continues.
The X Factor has a strong connection with Eurovision, though usually from former contestants going on to represent their country at Eurovision. The class of 2016 included Dami Im, Francesca Michielin, Highway, and Michal Szpak who had all made a mark on The X Factor before their Eurovision appearance.
In last year’s series of the UK X Factor, Joe McCaul — who along with sister Donna had represented Ireland in 2005 with the song “Love?” — also impressed the judges, but was eliminated at the Six-Chair Challenge.
But if Sharon Osbourne’s reported reaction is anything to go by, it looks like Bianca may have better luck on The X Factor, giving her the second chance fans feel she deserves.