From Web Idol to the X Factor: Hayley aces her first auditions

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Web Idol winner Hayley-Rose Roberts has her sights set on the X Factor crown after storming through her first auditions.

The 26-year-old singer, who won the Courier’s annual talent contest in 2010, wowed judges in Manchester on Saturday after queuing outside Old Trafford stadium for eight hours.

She was invited to a callback the next day and now faces a two-month wait to see if she has made it to the TV audition stage.

Hayley, whose boyfriend Simon Leeming went with her to support her, said: “We just had a blast all weekend. It was brilliant, we were on such a high.”

She auditioned for the over-25s category, performing Listen by Beyonce and Whitney Houston’s I Wanna Dance With Somebody.

The young mum was also interviewed about her life a number of times throughout the two days.

Hayley took in her nephew Lewey, seven, when he was nine weeks old and also cares for her niece Joelle, 15.

She and Simon also have a two-year-old daughter, Ruby.

Hayley was heavily pregnant with her when she first auditioned for Web Idol in 2009.

The little girl was born just days before Hayley came second in the final.

She entered again and won the following year, and got to record an album at Calder Recordings in Mytholmroyd as part of her prize.

Hayley, of Grove Street in Sowerby Bridge, is now getting regular gigs as a function singer at pubs, clubs and events.

She even had to dash to a show in Doncaster on Saturday night between the X Factor auditions, and was still singing on Sunday evening when she celebrated her success at a karaoke night at the Brass Cat pub in Halifax.

Hayley, who auditioned before in 2004 and 2010, said it would mean everything to her and her children if she made it on to the show this time.

“I’m doing it for my family but I’m also doing it for me,” she said.

“In the last seven years after taking in Lewey I’ve changed my life a lot.

“I had plans to travel and go away to university, but I’d never change it for a second because I love him to bits.

“I still did what I wanted to do, but made sacrifices and did it here instead, like doing my uni course at college here.

“I’ve worked hard and saved hard for all my equipment, and to get through now it would feel like I’ve done this for me - I’ve followed my dream.”