A NEWSOME cleaner is pinning all her hopes on a date with Simon Cowell.
Beatrice Masvingise – nicknamed Granny Beatrice – has just made it through the first three rounds of X-Factor auditions in Manchester.
The 48-year-old fought off 7,000 singing rivals at the regional trials to make it into the final 200.
The Zimbabwean’s rendition of Amazing Grace wowed producers.
She is now waiting to hear whether she will be among the lucky ones chosen to perform in front of celebrity judge Simon Cowell and his panel when TV cameras start rolling later this year.
Beatrice, who came to Huddersfield with husband James in 2001, said: “There were many, many people there so it was a real surprise to get through.
“I didn’t expect it but I was very happy.
“I wasn’t nervous. I have seen other people my age doing it on the TV so I just sang for them.
“I have had a lovely time and I’m just waiting to hear now.
“I would just like to say thank you to all the people at work who helped me. They are wonderful.”
Beatrice was nominated by her colleagues at Naylor Myers builders merchants at Bradley Mills.
The outgoing cleaner has entertained the staff with her singing voice during the past five years she has worked there.
She has even produced a CD of her songs which they have all bought copies of.
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Michael Winfield, 22, started her X-Factor journey by filling in her application form online.
He said: “We know she likes singing and we were joking about it, saying she should apply.
“She said she wanted to do it, so I filled in the form for her. We also had a collection to pay for her train fare there and gave her a map.
“We never expected her to get through. It is quite amusing.
“She is definitely a character and a bit cheeky. I suppose how far she gets will depend on how cheeky she is to the judges!”
But mum-of-four Beatrice – whose children are all still in Zimbabwe – is already bracing herself for some harsh remarks.
She said: “I have watched the show and I like Simon Cowell. But Cheryl Cole is my favourite because she is so warm with people.
“If they say no, I’ll just say thank you very much. After all they are the judges.”
Beatrice also carries out community work through her involvement with the Huddersfield Christian Fellowship. She supports people arriving in the country and helps young people – giving her the nickname Granny Beatrice.