Brucknell in 2014
|Birth name||Kimberley Dayle Edwards|
|Born||15 November 1984|
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Kimberley Dayle Edwards (born 15 November 1984), known professionally as Kitty Brucknell, is an English singer. She rose to fame as a finalist on the eighth series of The X Factor in 2011, where she placed seventh.
Brucknell was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire,on 15 November 1984. She started singing at an early age, as well as playing the violin and the piano. Throughout her childhood, she took part in a number of charity concerts and musical theatre performances, and was a prolific award winner in the Cheltenham Competitive Festival. At the age of 11, she won a place in the National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain and continued touring with them annually. She was awarded music scholarships to Dean Close School, St. Edward's School and Clifton College in Bristol. She began touring internationally at the age of 16.
In 2003, Brucknell began writing and directing Interference, a science-fiction film.The film was accepted for the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. Following this, it was shown at the Portobello Film Festival in Palm Springs.
Before The X Factor , Brucknell worked as a Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Lady Gaga tribute act.In June 2009, she appeared on Britney Spears Saved My Life, a documentary which aired on BBC Three.
In 2010, Brucknell contracted Guillain–Barré syndrome, a life-threatening muscle disorder, whilst singing in Corfu, which left her paralysed for four months.
In 2011, Brucknell auditioned for the eighth series of The X Factor in front of judges Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland, Tulisa and Louis Walsh. She sang "The Edge of Glory" for her first audition; all four judges voted to send her through to the "boot camp" stage of the competition. She performed "You Got the Love" and "Feeling Good" at boot camp, and made it through to judges' houses. Brucknell, who was 26 years old at the time, was put into the Over 25s category, which was mentored by Walsh. After performing "Beautiful Disaster", Walsh put her through to the live shows.
Brucknell was in the final showdown three times during the competition: in weeks 3 (with Sami Brookes), 5 (with Johnny Robinson) and 6 (with Misha B). In week 3, she was saved by a majority vote from the judges. Voting statistics revealed that Brookes received more votes than Brucknell meaning if the result went to deadlock, Brookes would have been saved. In week 5, she was also saved by a majority vote from the judges. However, Robinson received more votes from the public than Brucknell which meant that if the result went to deadlock, Robinson would have been saved. Brucknell was sent home in week 6 after only Walsh voted to save Brucknell. However, voting statistics revealed that Brucknell received more votes than Misha B meaning if the result went to deadlock, Brucknell would have been saved.
|Semi-finals||Auditions||"The Edge of Glory"||Free choice||Through to Bootcamp||None|
|Bootcamp 1||"You Got the Love"||Group challenge||Through to Bootcamp 2|
|Bootcamp 2||"Feeling Good"||Free choice||Through to Judges' houses|
|Judges' houses||"Beautiful Disaster"||Free choice||Through to live shows|
|Finals||Live show 1||"Who Wants to Live Forever"||Britain vs. America||Saved|
|Live show 2||"It's Oh So Quiet"||Love and heartbreak||Safe||None|
|Live show 3||"Live and Let Die"||Rock||Bottom two||"The Edge of Glory"||Saved (Minority)|
|Live show 4||"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"||Halloween||Safe||None|
|Live show 5||"Like a Prayer"||Club classics||Bottom three||"Beautiful Disaster"||Saved (Minority)|
|Live show 6||"Don't Stop Me Now"||Lady Gaga vs. Queen||Bottom two||"Over the Rainbow"||Eliminated (Majority)|
Following the X Factor, Brucknell began teasing the release of her track "Red Shoes".Brucknell returned to The X Factor in 2013 when she performed alongside other former contestants such as Rylan Clark, Jedward, Wagner, 2 Shoes, Diva Fever and Johnny Robinson at the final in Wembley Arena. In January 2013, she went on her first tour which was dubbed the "Glamour and Damage" Tour. She performed "The Damage is Done" from her then forthcoming album Glamour and Damage. She featured on a single which was released in Germany entitled "No Tomorrow".
In August, she shared one of her original tracks "Chains", which garnered a lot of interest from major online blogs, even with a mention from Brian May of Queen.On 4 May, Brucknell announced that her debut single "Glitter in the Sky" would be released on 19 October 2014. Her debut album Glamour and Damage was launched on Pledge Music where it is available to pre-order along with many other exclusives. Within the two weeks of its launch, she had successfully reached over 25% of her goal. On 2 August, she successfully reached 100% of her goal. Her debut album, Glamour and Damage was released on 1 November 2014 through Pledge Music.
She attempted to represent Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with the song "Yearning". The song was written by Brucknell with Dai Smith and Allyson Summerhayes (also known as 'The Elements'). Brucknell's Eurovision attempt was on behalf of escnews.org who were reportedly acting as her management team during the Eurovision season 2015.On 25 November 2014, it was revealed that Brucknell was not one of the nine acts selected by SRF that moved on to the live auditions held in Zürich and was eliminated. She was later shortlisted for the Moldovan national final with her songs "Yearning" and "Remix". On 17 January 2015, it was announced that "Remix" had advanced to the semi-final stage held in February. She was eliminated from the competition during the first semi-final on 24 February 2015.
She revealed in an interview that the reason why she is not attempting to represent the UK is because the BBC felt it was a conflict of interest for a former X Factor contestant to be promoted by them given their involvement with the Eurovision and the fact that they already have their own singing contest, The Voice UK ,although former X Factor contestant Andy Abraham represented the UK in 2008. In March 2015, Brucknell announced that she would release a Broadway album later in the year which would be recorded at Abbey Road Studios.
Brucknell took the ESC News’ Track of the Year 2015 title with her Moldovan National Final entry “Yearning”, with 71% of the votes.
As of January 2016, Brucknell lives in Los Angeles.
|Album title||Album details|
|Glamour and Damage|
|Album title||Album details|
|The Glamour and Damage 2013 Live Tour|
|Year||Single||Peak chart position||Album|
|UK Indie Breakers|
|2014||"Glitter in the Sky"||9||Glamour and Damage|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Album|
| UK || IRE || SCO |
|2011||"Wishing on a Star"|
(as part of The X Factor Finalists 2011 featuring JLS and One Direction)
(Davis Redfield featuring Kitty Brucknell)
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
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This year we gave you even more choice; a selection of sixty songs, albums and performances all worthy of your vote to win the prestigious title 'Track of The Year 2015'. After tens of thousands of votes, Kitty Brucknell from the United Kingdom took the title with a stagering 71% of the votes for her song 'Yearning'.
Kitty Brucknell has taken the accolade of ESC News’ Track of the Year 2015 with her Moldovan National Final entry “Yearning”.
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