Caitlyn’s X Factor star rising

THAT’S MY GIRL: Isabelle Shadbolt proudly shows off great-granddaughter Caitlyn’s photo on the front page of Tuesday’s Gympie Times. Caitlyn (pictured on stage on Sunday night) belted out Bon Jovi’s Blaze of Glory to survive the live elimination.
THAT’S MY GIRL: Isabelle Shadbolt proudly shows off great-granddaughter Caitlyn’s photo on the front page of Tuesday’s Gympie Times. Caitlyn (pictured on stage on Sunday night) belted out Bon Jovi’s Blaze of Glory to survive the live elimination. Patrick Woods

GYMPIE X Factor contestant Caitlyn Shadbolt's 97-year-old great-grandmother would not miss the show for the world.

Isabelle Shadbolt, a Gympie Nursing Centre resident, joined the nation glued to television screens on Monday night to see Caitlyn sail through the second X Factor live elimination.

Caitlyn escaped unscathed, but it was not without a few tense moments. The Gympie singer was the last of Ronan Keating's acts on stage and as numbers dropped, the wait was excruciating.

Keating looked almost more relieved than Caitlyn when the singer's name was called as safe, hugging her before the pair left the stage.

Dannii Minogue's two group acts, Younger Than Yesterday and XOX, fell into the bottom two.

XOX was spared after judges voted unanimously to send the boy band home, saving Minogue from having to make the deciding vote.

Isabelle has become the focus of attention in Gympie Nursing Centre and received many well-wishes after Monday's verdict.

"She did very well," Isabelle said. "I am so very proud of her."

Isabelle said she "loved" Sunday's Blaze of Glory performance.

She recalled a young singing and dancing Caitlyn.

"Ever since she was tiny, she has always been singing and dancing," Isabelle said.

"The other residents have been coming to me saying how happy they are for her. It's wonderful."

Caitlyn's mother, Helen, was waiting at the airport yesterday on the way home when she spoke to The Gympie Times, not long after being identified buying coffee.

"A random person just pointed me out at the coffee shop saying I was Caitlyn's mum," Helen said.

"It made me smile after feeling a bit down leaving Caitlyn there."

Helen was thrilled with the judges' compliments after her daughter's Sunday performance and Keating "could not have given more beautiful words".

Even Redfoo softening for country was a highlight.

Helen was able to share breakfast and dinner with Caitlyn to make the most of the precious time together before returning home yesterday.

Gympie Times

Topics:  caitlyn shadbolt ronan keating x factor

How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Five tasty festive treats to make with the kids

YOUNG CHEFS: Indiana and Milla Sidey get hands on with their baking.

The whole family can make these five delicious morsels.

Adani coal: what it means for the Gympie region

LAND OF OPPORTUNITY: The $21 billion Adani project could provide up to 4000 jobs a year and the Gympie region needs to make sure it is positioned to take advantage of opportunities it presents.

Gympie businesses and job hunters must not miss out: MP

Is saving these cows an act of humanity or theft?

An Imbil man has pleaded guilty to stealing six bull calves from a dairy farm.

A DAIRY farm would seem a strange place for cattle rustling.

Local Partners

Taylor Lautner 'spotted smooching co-star'

Taylor Lautner has been romantically linked to Billie Lourd

David Beckham's tattoos come to life for UNICEF campaign

David Beckham has called for an end to violence against children

Pop star Liam Payne's Facebook hacked with porn

"Things that can happen to you when you don't have sex."

Tim Roth was abused by his grandfather

Tim Roth was abused by his grandfather during his childhood.

Leo designs shocker tattoo for Tom Hardy after lost bet

Leonardo DiCaprio has designed a new tattoo for Tom Hardy

Hollywood star at home on the Coffs Coast

FEELING LUCKY, SON?: Scott Eastwood visited the Coffs Coast

Guess which Hollywood star has been seen around the Coffs Coast?

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Couple's desperate $550K price drop to sell Gladstone home

Brian Headley and Kirstene Staib are selling their Kin Kora mansion for $750,000.

TELL tale sign of Gladstone's property market.

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

The million dollar property to test Mackay's market

This Victoria St building will go to auction Tuesday and investors will be watching closely to see how much it sells for.

'High profile architect designed CBD asset' goes to auction

Prices jump in trio of mining towns

THE boost in coal prices in the past six months has triggered a house price jump in at least three mining towns in Central Queensland.

Boost in coal prices triggers a market turnaround

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!