CAITLYN Shadbolt's X Factor race ended on Monday night but the singer is not feeling blue.
Gympie's country princess was bouncing from interview to interview yesterday- a staggering 29 in total for the day, including an appearance on breakfast program Sunrise.
When she caught up with The Gympie Times via phone, her voice was bursting with enthusiasm.
Monday's elimination was already in the past - Caitlyn choosing to focus on the amazing achievement of finishing in the top five.
It was a far cry from her first tentative audition, where a bubbly yet unsure Gympie teenager fronted the judging panel.
"Someone had to go," Caitlyn said. "I was ready for it and prepared and I am not stressing about it."
The singer was grateful her last performance on stage had a country flavour.
"I went out on a country note and the song (The Band Perry's If I Die Young) had a wonderful underlying message for the moment I was in," Caitlyn said.
She joined fellow act Dean in the bottom two and the pair appealed for the judges' support with a final performance, but the deciding votes from Redfoo and Dannii Minogue went against Caitlyn, sending her home.
Back home, Gympie fans were left to wonder what might have been had another judges' deadlock forced the decision back into the hands of the public.
Caitlyn leaves Sydney to return to Gympie this morning but will make the return trip for the approaching grand final show.
Her biggest struggle yesterday was finding a way to fit her new clothes into a stubborn suitcase.
"I've bought so many clothes while down here," she laughed.
"I can't wait to get home and see everyone again."
At the top of the country star's wish list upon her return is sleep, a fishing trip with her brother and a visit to Rainbow Beach.
"No one (on X Factor) has had a day off in two months, so it has been pretty full on," Caitlyn said.
A "good multivitamin", coffee and pure adrenaline have kept Caitlyn's batteries charged the past few months, but nothing beats sleeping in one's own bed.
"I'll probably sleep for a week," she joked.
"My brother has just got his boat licence so we will have to go fishing."
There is also a plan to visit Central Shopping Centre to enjoy sushi with her friends, although that purchase will attract more attention than before Caitlyn's X Factor run.
"I do pinch myself," Caitlyn said, "because I wake up just feeling a normal person."
With the X Factor chapter now closed, Caitlyn is full of plans for the future.
She wants to record an album and continue defining herself as an artist.
And while Redfoo may have voted to send her home on Monday night, he believed in the singer's future.
"I think whatever happens, you will definitely be a star, for sure," he said.
And Redfoo, Gympie agrees.
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