Eliminated X Factor Australia contestant Sydnee Carter pictured with host Luke Jacobz and mentor Ronan Keating.
Eliminated X Factor Australia contestant Sydnee Carter pictured with host Luke Jacobz and mentor Ronan Keating. Tarsha Hosking

Sydnee's future looking bright after X Factor exit

TEEN singing sensation Sydnee Carter is standing tall after her X Factor exit.

The 16-year-old was sent home on last night, but is full of confidence thanks to the industry experience she gained on the reality singing show under the wing of mentor Ronan Keating.

"I had a big problem in the past with doubting myself and my ability, but he's shown me there's no need to doubt myself," Carter told APN.

"He told me to have faith in myself and not think that I'm not capable of singing certain songs and doing certain things."

The Perth teen looks set to have a bright future ahead of her after catching the ears of US actor Ashton Kutcher, who shared her X Factor audition video with his more than 16 million Twitter followers.

"That was pretty incredible," she said.

"My phone was going nuts. I just looked at it and I was like 'Oh my gosh Ashton Kutcher just shared my video'. But then I thought 'No way, it can't be the real Ashton'."
 

Kutcher, the star of the US sitcom Two and A Half Men, also shared Carter's audition video on his Facebook page with the hash tag #bigfan. So far the clip has been liked by more than 32,000 people and shared more than 5000 times.

Carter plans to continue recording covers to post on YouTube in the hopes of expanding her fan base and securing a recording contract.

"I'm hoping I can just continue to do my own kind of music at home and go busking again," she said.

"I'll go back to school and after the (X Factor) grand final maybe I can get signed or get a (recording) contract.

"I'll be uploading covers as soon as I get home... definitely for the future I want to get started on some more originals and getting them out there too."

Based on last night's show, when the voting results were released in order for the first time, Carter tips Brothers 3 as the act to beat.

"I'd be happy for any of the contestants to win because I love them all and they all deserve it," she said.

"Going off yesterday's votes Brothers 3 have a good chance of winning, but Tee's a good friend of mine and I'd love for him to win."

On Sunday, the Top 8 will perform rock songs by artists including The White Stripes, INXS, Radiohead and Queen.

The X Factor airs Sundays at 6.30pm and Mondays at 7.30pm on Channel 7.



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