X-Factor contestant Chenai Boucher. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
X-Factor contestant Chenai Boucher. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

Encore on X Factor for Chenai after performing Hallelujah

WILL it be second time lucky for local X Factor hopeful Chenai Boucher?

The 16-year-old Rockhampton girl hopes to make it further in the competition than she did when she auditioned when she was 14.

"I auditioned two years ago and made it past the first and second stage, but was unsuccessful after that," said Chenai.

This year she has made it through the first round of auditions in Brisbane after singing Leonard Cohen's classic, Hallelujah, and Somebody to Love, by Queen.

A self-taught guitarist and pianist, Chenai said she was excited and hopeful she would advance further in the competition this time.

"I've been singing my whole life, ever since I was born, and have written songs of my own," she said.

In the two years since her first audition, Chenai has been practising in the studio her mum built, and auditioning for local productions.

She said her biggest influence wasn't a celebrity; instead her biggest inspiration is her mum.

"I don't find inspiration in celebrities because I don't know them personally," said Chenai.

She hopes to get the chance to perform on the X Factor stage.

"Seeing the smiles on people's faces is the best part," she said.

The Glenmore State High School student will graduate next year and hopes to visit Paris one day.

X FACTOR

CQ locals who have made it through so far:

Dale Ferry

Friday McMullen

Chenai Boucher

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