Caitlyn shakes to a new tune

SHAKE IT OFF: So much of Taylor Swift’s new song, Shake It Off, rang true for Gympie’s Caitlyn Shadbolt on X Factor Sunday. The energetic performance drew praise from all four judges.
SHAKE IT OFF: So much of Taylor Swift’s new song, Shake It Off, rang true for Gympie’s Caitlyn Shadbolt on X Factor Sunday. The energetic performance drew praise from all four judges. Contributed

X FACTOR votes were tightly under wrap yesterday but that did not discourage The Gympie Times from guessing the fate of Gympie's Caitlyn Shadbolt ahead of last night's live elimination.

Social media was the best way to take the nation's pulse and in the Facebook stakes, Caitlyn was looking solid following Sunday's performance of Taylor Swift's new single, Shake it Off.

And rightly so. Caitlyn revealed a new side to her onstage persona, executing flawless choreography.

The singer had surpassed the 2000-mark with 2300 likes for her post on the X Factor page yesterday, placing her about third at last check.

But the likes mean little unless fans vote and that was the message mentor and judge Ronan Keating gave Sunday night.

"You take it all on board, positive or negative, and deal with it," Keating said.

"You are so professional and so talented - you have so much going on," he said.

"As long as people vote for you, you are here all the way."

The judges all responded enthusiastically to Caitlyn's number.

Natalie Bassingthwaighte said Caitlyn reminded her of a "young Shania Twain", and Redfoo loved the change of pace.

"I love that you changed it up and got out there dancing because you are good," Redfoo said.

"You need to dance more. Love the whole vibe out here addressing the crowd - just really good to see you kind of stepping outside of your comfort zone and taking on a massive hit like that."

The timing of the performance could not have been better, with the Swift original hitting number one on the ARIA Singles Chart yesterday.

"How did you know that was going to be number one?" Bassingthwaighte playfully asked Keating.

Caitlyn's Muster visit last Thursday featured on the show and Minogue was surprised to learn Keating did not go.

"I couldn't go...I had to work here," Keating said.

"Oh man...," Minogue said, looking on in disbelief.

Catch Gympie's reaction to last night's live X Factor elimination result in tomorrow's Gympie Times.

Gympie Times

Topics:  caitlyn shadbolt ronan keating taylor swift x factor

Two children watched mother die in Dreamworld horror

TWO children watched their mother die in Dreamworld horror

Tin Can Bay jetty on council's agenda

Cooloola Coast Councillor Mark McDonald will be considering a propsed jetty at Tin Can Bay.

Council will consider a petition to build a jetty at Tin Can Bay.

Why sugar is even worse for teenagers

Sugar-filled drinks are particularly bad for teens.

Diets high in refined sugar and saturated fat hit brain function

Local Partners

Gympie Jazz and Wine on Wishlist for 2017

After a rousing success at this year's Jazz and Wine Festival, organisers are eyeing August next year for the next one.

Racer seeks Bright future in fight against breast cancer

Sheree Bright takes a corner on Sheeza Instant Gem.

Gympie's Sheree Bright will be racing to raise funds for cancer.

Help make a difference at this weekend's Relay for Life

FILE PHOTO: Another Relay for Life event in Queensland last month.

More than 850 people to walk in Gympie to support cancer sufferers

Rush Festival gets the crowd warmed up

ROCKING OUT: 28 Days rocks out in Nelson Reserve on Sunday night as part of the Rush Festival concert in the park.

Things heated up on stage on a cold Gympie night for the Rush Fest

Steve Irwin's final days through dad's eyes

Bob Irwin with his son Steve.

'You never expect that’s the last time you’re going to see your son'

Kristie doesn't mind being the third wheel in Survivor final

Kristie Bennett in a scene from Australian Survivor.

SOLO player will take on Survivor's power couple Lee and El tonight.

Scary hoping Posh and Sporty will re-join The Spice Girls

Mel B

Mel B hoping Victoria Beckham, Mel C will re-join The Spice Girls

REVIEW: Michael McIntyre has Brisbane in stitches

Michael McIntyre in a scene from his TV series Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.

BRITISH comedian is in the country on his Happy and Glorious Tour.

Cliff Richard doesn't need Rod Stewart's help with legal bills

Sir Cliff Richard

"'Don't worry, I'm loaded. I won't keep you to it.' "

Woolies announces closure of Ipswich store

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June