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VIDEO: Simon Cowell begs Devon pensioner to stop stripping on The X Factor

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: September 01, 2014

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A SINGING pensioner from Devon wowed judges on The X Factor - but for all the wrong reasons.

Carol Trevarthen from Plymouth starred on television at the weekend as footage from her audition for the reality hit was screened for the first time.

The 63-year-old is more used to performing 'Simply The Best' at The Bank pub in the city.

But unemployed Carol went in front of Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Mel B and Louis Walsh to show off her rendition of the Tina Turner classic.

And although the ITV show's judges appeared to snigger at her singing voice, Carol managed to make a lasting impression.

First Carol unbuttoned her jumper, then threw it on the floor in front of the four X Factor judges.

"Can we just stop now?" asked Simon Cowell, waving his arms around.

But then Carol started to remove her trousers, dropping them to her ankles to Cowell's protests of "No. No. No."

When the music cut out he turned to his fellow judges and remarked: "Wow. Don't ask for a second song."

Mother-of-three Carol is a long-time karaoke singer who says she can't stay away from the stage.

Speaking to The Herald in 2002 she said her favourite songs to sing were by Tina Turner, Dina Carroll, Jayne MacDonald and Diana Ross.

“I like singing,” she said after a karaoke competition.

“I don’t know why. I can’t explain it, but it’s different.

“I’d love to take it further, I really would."

Carol performed Simply The Best at the karaoke competition's grand final at the old Yates's wine bar in May 2002.

The Herald reported: "Carol’s Tina Turner impression won her loads of new fans.

"She came seventh, but her version of Simply the Best – complete with sexy outfit, high kicks and saucy striptease routine – made her performance stand out from the rest."

Carol, who was described as being from Prince Rock, said at the time: "Once I get on stage, that’s it.

“As long as people enjoy it, I’ll carry on.

"I was asked to sing in front of the Manchester United supporters.

"I just got up and started singing Simply The Best.

“Ever since then I’ve carried on singing it.

"It’s followed me around."

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