Sadly, it’s not unusual for contestants on shows like The X Factor to share that they’ve been bullied in the past. For Caitlyn Vanbeck, the cruelty started when she chose to share her talent online.
Luckily, the X Factor UK judges could see just how talented Caitlyn was when she auditioned for the show in 2016. She brought Nicole Scherzinger to tears, and even earned a comparison to Kelly Clarkson.
Bullied Teen Auditions For ‘The X Factor’
Before her X Factor audition, 18-year-old Caitlyn shared that she had participated in school talent shows and posted videos of herself on social media. She started getting “negative comments” from her classmates, and said, “It got to a point where I didn’t want to keep singing anymore.”
Caitlyn said she would come home from school crying “most days.” She said her dad helped “boost her confidence.” Her dad even said it made her “a stronger person.” When asked by the judges why people bullied her, Caitlyn said people “didn’t take for my singing.”
But she proved those bullies wrong when she performed “Piece by Piece” by Kelly Clarkson, showing off her amazing voice. She even started tearing up at the end of the song, which in turn make judge Nichole Scherzinger cry. She and Caitlyn shared a hug.
What Did The Judges Think Of Caitlyn’s Audition?
Nicole called Caitlyn “a force to be reckoned with.” Simon Cowell, meanwhile, compared Caitlyn to Kelly Clarkson, saying “it was like going back 15 years” to Kelly’s audition. Louis Walsh then called her “the best singer we’ve had.”
Caitlyn earned three “yes” votes from the X Factor judges. Afterward, Simon told her, “Do you know why, sometimes, people get bullied? It’s because they’re good. ‘Cause you’re good.” When she left he added, “And that’s why we make the show.”
Unfortunately, Caitlyn was eliminated in the judges’ houses round of the competition. But she hasn’t stopped singing. She released a single called “I’m Sorry” in 2018, and she’s posted a number of covers on her YouTube page. You can also follow her on Instagram.