TV FESTIVAL SPECIAL: Sweet Carolynne wows TV talent bosses at Edinburgh gathering

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By Rory Reynolds

@ the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival

A BEHIND-the-scenes TV producer has wowed Britain’s Got Talent judges at a special audition – by singing with her mouth closed.

Carolynne Philpott took part in the TV’s Got Talent one-off at the International TV Festival in Edinburgh today(Friday) – presented by Ant and Dec.Amanda Holden

She began singing the Abba hit, Thank You for the Music – then shocked the audience by closing her mouth and continuing to sing normally.

A stunned Louis Walsh – one of the wealthiest media mogul in Europe – said he had never seen anything like it before.

He said: “I think you should come on X-Factor next year – that’s fantastic.”

Fellow judges Jimmy Carr and Amanda Holden were taken aback by the oddball performance. A thrilled Carolynne, 30, said she recently rediscovered the quirky trick after inventing it as a child.

She said: “I presumably invented it to keep singing when I was told to be quiet and keep my mouth shut as a kid.

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“I saw the advert for the competition in a broadcast magazine and since I’m known for singing a lot at work everyone at work made me enter.

Amanda Holden“It always comes up at work night and people always say ‘do that funny thing you do’.

“So I sent in a video and that was it they called me into the final.

“It was a bit scary – it’s a bit of a laugh and a joke and then you think oh my god – I actually have to do this.

“I would love to sign professionally, you never know – skies the limit now eh, now everyone’s discovered my talent.

“I would definitely leave my day job if the opportunity arose – it’s a career I’d like to pursue.”

Carolynne – who has lived in London for 10 years and works for Halo Post-Production – said she couldn’t believe she’d won the award.

She said: “All the way through I wasn’t expecting to get to the final – let alone win, but it’s a great buzz.

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“I think what Louis Walsh said is amazing – it’s all a bit of a blur – but if Louis Walsh said to apply for the X-factor then I will.

“I did apply two years ago but I only got through second round – but maybe next time – Louis has made a promise now so I might hold him to it.”

The competition – which took place on the opening day of the International Television Festival – was hosted by Geordie two-some Ant and Dec and was re-named TV’s Got Talent.

The audience – which included delegates from TV and production companies across the UK – were also treated to Krishnan Guru-Murphy playing Live and Let Die with his rock band.

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