A STARLET who crashed out of a TV talent show says she is grateful of the chance of getting to perform in front of millions of viewers.
Karen Kennedy won through to the televised rounds of Alan Carr’s The Singer Takes It All, on Channel 4.
In a tense final, it was neck and neck between her and Steve Dorsett in the show’s “gold zone”.
But she narrowly missed out to Steve on the £15,000 prize, with just four per cent between the pair in a public vote.
It sparked a backlash on social media, with dozens of people saying Karen should have won.
But Karen, who is mum to Amy 15, and Lucy, 10, said: “At the end of the day, it’s live TV.
“As far as I’m concerned I have done what I wanted to do.
“I always said as long as I got the opportunity to go on TV, that was my dream. “Steve has been slated on Twitter, I feel really bad.”
Karen had uploaded footage of her singing Next to Me by Emeli Sande to the show’s website and the public chose her out of thousands of entrants to appear on the show.
She was invited to London but didn’t get to a chance to appear on air.
Karen returned home and her children persuaded her to try again.
This time she sent in footage of herself singing Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You.
She won through to the TV rounds and missed out on the winner’s crown on August 22 in a show seen by 6.7 million viewers.
“It was a great experience and Alan Carr was lovely,” said Karen, who is originally from Horden but lives in Wingate. “After the show, all the producers were crying saying ‘you were amazing’.”
Karen sings in a duo called The Vox Corporation with Alex McRae, from Durham City.
She has been singing since an early age and was an opera singer until she was 21.
She performs in pubs and clubs all over the country and at weddings and is an Adele tribute singer.
Karen, who was a compere on the music stage at the Peterlee Show at the weekend, has been voted best Female Vocalist by the Durham Concert Secretaries Federation for the past three years.
She won through to the live rounds of X Factor in 2012, but missed out on the boot camp stage after failing to impress judge Tulisa.
For now she is concentrating on her Adele act and is looking forward to performing at Hardwicke Hall, in Hesleden from December 10-13.