X didn’t mark spot for singer
CAT Vas expected to be one of the first sent home on The X Factor because she’s not pop star material. The vocal coach was battling bronchitis when she lost a singoff to Joelle on Monday and became the second artist eliminated from the reality TV talent show. Vas (pictured) says her illness did not detract from her performances during Sunday and Monday live shows. She had always believed her time on the reality show would be short lived. ‘‘I am so grateful that I got as far as I did because I knew I was going early in the show . . . I knew I was not a pop star,’’ says Vas. ‘‘In a sense they have gone on about me being a vocal teacher, but I gig full time, so for me it’s not about fame or being a pop star, I just love music and performing.’’ The singer/songwriter, 27, says she never got to unleash her talent because she was tied to doing new takes on old songs. Although aware of the cover version format of The X Factor, deep down she wanted to break out and perform tunes more her in vocal range and style. ‘‘I didn’t do any originals and I would have loved to have done music which was more in my lane,’’ she says. ‘‘But to have gotten as far as I did, in not necessarily my genre, was huge and I am so grateful.’’ Vas says appearing on The X Factor improved her self-confidence and made her believe more in her own ability. She released an EP before she was chosen for The X Factor and will start work an another, which she also hopes to produce in coming weeks. ‘‘This has helped me get over self-doubt and insecurities and I feel like I can do anything now.’’
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