SHE might wake up feeling like the same girl she was six months ago but, to Gympie, Caitlyn Shadbolt is a superstar. And it's a superstar welcome she will receive when she comes home next Sunday, November 2.
Rest your voices Gympie because you'll be putting in some cheering that day because the country princess will perform live, for free in Nelson Reserve.
Gympie Regional Council, The Gympie Music Muster, The Australian Institute of Country Music, Zinc FM and The Gympie Times have teamed up with other supporters to help put on the show.
The community event will see Ms Shadbolt - joined by local talents and big-time country band The Wolfe Brothers (pictured above) - take the stage to say thank you to the Gympie region and everyone who supported her as she graced television screens nationwide in search of the X Factor title.
"I still can't believe the amount of support I've had from Gympie," she said yesterday, during a break from rehearsals for the X Factor grand final, which all top 13 contestants will take part in.
"I was so grateful to know my home town was behind me.
"It's unbelievable to know you've got that support."
The gratitude will be equally returned to the 19-year-old by the Gympie region, which she proudly promoted throughout her entire X Factor mission.
Acting Mayor, Tony Perrett said Ms Shadbolt was "no doubt very proud" of her home town and the community were ready to say thank you too.
Ms Shadbolt - who put on a private show at Centacare Community Services just this week, and walked out "feeling really good" - admitted she was excited to promote Gympie and for Australia to know where she came from.
She wouldn't have it any other way.
"If you ask anyone about the other contestants, (they wouldn't know where they came from, but) I'm the girl from Gympie."
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