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anks for the awesome story on X Factor con-
testant, Hayley. She seemed very down to earth,
it's a shame that she was voted o the show by
Kyle the following week as I think she has real
potential as a singer and could be a great record-
ing artist. Are there any plans of a follow up story
to see what she gets up to post show ? She was
certainly a good role model for all the baby dykes
--- Gemma Livingstone
She's got the X Factor
What a sweet girl young Hayley Teal sounds like.
It is wonderful to see a young lesbian so out and
proud and ready to put her sexuality on the line
on national TV. Hayley de nitely has the X Fac-
tor in my books. I sincerely hope that she nds
herself a place in the Australian music industry
and that one day soon we will be able to buy the
new album of this talented young singer. Good
luck to you Hayley.
--- Annabelle Johnson
Fruity New Year
I was pondering what to do this new year's eve
when my atmate pointed out your story on
the tropical fruits Gold party. Decision made!
We immediately phoned our friend Kerry, who
is a travel agent and secured some cheap ights
and have now planned a trip up north that will
include the Tropical Fruits party. I can think of
nothing nicer than ringing in the new year in
such a beautiful location with a group of like
minded spirits. anks for bringing it to our at-
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G rowing up in South Australia,
e X Factor contestant Hayley Teal called
an apple orchard home -- a fairly inauspi-
cious place to start a sing ing c are er. Nonethe -
less, Teal recalls many a night sitting around
with her family jamming , and th e sing er wro te
her first song at the age of nine. By eleven, she
and a girlfriend had embraced girl power to
the full to start their own b and and, we l l, Teal
hasn't really looked back sin ce.
After playing round the traps in Ad elaide for
a number of years , Teal even manag ed to secure
a distribution dea l and release a n album on
her own, Parkway Road , but it w asn't until thi s
y ear, at the ur ging of her partne r Izzy, that she
de cided to take a crack at wo rld domination by
aud itioning f or The X Fa cto r.
Af ter travelling a ll the way from Ade l aide to
Brisbane for her audition, Teal blew away the
judges with her rendition of Alicia Keys' 'How
Come You Don't Call Me' scoring her self a fast
track to the next round a n d also surprising a
fe w of the punters and Judge Kyle Sandilan ds
along the way... by coming out about her rela-
tionship with a gi rl...
"It's n ot like I went on the show to make
that heaskedme did 'I have aboyfriend?' andI
just corrected him ...
"I didn't want to b e dishonest. I just want to
beopen andhonest about whoI amand my re-
lati onship is very impor tant to me and I wa sn't
g oing to deny it. .."
Fortunately for the sing er there has been
no backlash from the general public about her
sexual preferences -- in fact she saysit's been
the opposite - calling it "a positive experience"
saying that "m ost p eo ple 's reac tions h ave been
Still, Teal hopes people will focus o n her
singing ratherthanher sexuality-- The XFactor
is a singing competition after all; but she does
confess to missing her girlfriend, and is fortu-
nate in that her g alpal is s o dedica ted to the
singer tha t she ma kes the trip up to show her
s upport each weekend.
"She comes to the show s ever y week -- she 's
really supportive -- she's got tee shirts and
Meanwhile Tea l i s coming to ter ms with the
pressure of putting on a live show each week.
The most chal l enging a spect? Le arni n g the
songs. Like most of the contestant s, Ha yley has
a g o od gro unding in mus ic having learned pi -
ano as a kid "but my theor y isn't a ll that good
these days." So learning a new so n g if it's unf a-
miliar can get alittlehairy... "When wego into
production onTuesday andtalkwithNat and
work out the arrangements, y ou really have to
make sure you get it right becaus e afte r that i t's
to o late to make change s..."
She describes working with mentor Natalie
Imbr uglia a s "great". " She's on the phone with
us everyday. She's very focused and driven. We
think she's the most competitiveof allthejudg-
es -- which is good, because I think it makes us
all feel like she really cares about how we do
every week and she really wants us to win."
As for her own singing style, Tea l admits a
f ondness f or RnB and cites Al i cia Keys, Ke y-
shia C ole an d Tina Arena amongst her favo ur-
ites although she realises The X Factor is more
abo ut showing how versatile they can be as art -
ists than their musica l preferences. "We don't
get tochoosethesongs-- soitcanbehard--but
IknowthekindofdirectionIwant totake as
an artis t..."
Nonetheless Tealappreciates the big career boost
she is getting from appearing on the T V screens of
millions of Australians each week... "I'm just really
focused on getting as much as I can out of this and
when I get eliminated I want to know I've done my
best and taken it as far as I can."
So what has been the most challeng ing aspect of
doing the show?
"Being away from my family and my girlfriend,"
says Hayley. "And living in a house with so many
people. You can imagine, at the beginning 17 musi-
cians all together in one house... so many dramatic
personalities in one place..."
At the time of writing, Hayley was in the
remaining top seven contestants of The X Factor.
If she's still in the comp when you read this, do
the girl a favour; pick up the phone and vote!
X marks the spot
The X Factor's it girl, Hayley Teal talks, music, life and love...
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