A FORMER pupil of Shefford’s Robert Bloomfield Middle School wowed judges last night with an outstanding performance on ITV1 show, The X-Factor.
Performing a slowed-down version of Candi Staton's 1976 hit Young Hearts Run Free, wedding singer Crissie Gudgin – performing as Crissie Rhodes – stunned the watching audience into silence.
After the performance, the first judge to comment was Sharon Osbourne, who said: "Those weddings that you have been performing at have been the best training for you.
"You've learnt your craft, you're confident, fantastic tone, just beautiful."
Next to comment was Gary Barlow, who said: "That was an amazing audition; it really was. Your voice is lovely to listen to.
"What a beautiful song choice. Well done."
Speaking to his fellow judges, he later said: "She could do that song every week and I'd be there."
Nicole Scherzinger commented: "It was just beautiful. It was effortless and my favourite part of that audition was when I didn't hear one soul.
"They were right there with you. Beautiful job."
All four judges said yes to Crissie's audition, advancing her to the next round of the singing contest.
She later said: "I can't believe it. Words can't describe it out there. It's just immense."
Writing on Twitter, she added: “Oh wow..my phone has been goin crazy. Thank u all sooo much 4ur support. Feelin emotional!”
People who know her soon took to Facebook to express their admiration.
One, Catherine Went, wrote: “Knew it when we were at Bloomfield, knew it when you sang at the Sam Whit leavers assembly and made us all cry.
“You were always going to go so so far. Well done Crissie Gudgin.”
Another, Jade Moss, wrote: “Thanks to Crissie Gudgin I’m now crying , you was amazing, good luck.”
Crissie also performs with a country duet called The Shires.