SHE IS the undisputed star behind the bar of the Green Dragon pub.
Now landlady Kathy Kay is set to test her vocal chords in front of The X Factor’s judging panel as she bids for a place on the ITV1 talent show.
The 55-year-old grandmother, who has always dreamed of being a professional singer, has been in charge of the pub in Lovedean Lane, Waterlooville for two years.
She says regulars are willing her to win after she made it through the early stages of the contest to be picked to perform in front of judges including Louis Walsh and Take That star Gary Barlow.
She said: ‘At the first audition I didn’t know what was going to happen because all five people in front of me were told “no” straight away.
‘But when I sang the producer said “yes” immediately – it was brilliant.
‘They asked me back and I sang again and they interviewed me, asking lots of questions.
‘I asked them for their honest opinion of my chances and they said “we love your big fun personality”.
‘Then, a few days ago, I got a call asking me to sing in front of Louis Walsh, Kelly Rowland, Tulisa and Gary Barlow in Cardiff.
‘I’m very, very excited and a little bit nervous. But I’ve got so much support from all my friends here at the pub.
‘And my business partner Karen Love has been amazing.’
Kathy is remaining tight-lipped over her song choice for her audition.
‘I’ve been asked by the producers to prepare five numbers and I think I have chosen ones that will show off my vocal range,’ said Kathy.
‘I have been inundated with good luck messages and I just hope I do my family and customers proud.’
Kathy loves belting out hits such as Hey Big Spender, That Old Devil Called Love and Hello Dolly!
She added ‘I had a lovely message from my son Trevor which said “Mum, you know you can sing, don’t worry about anything. Just get out there and strut your stuff.’”
Kathy’s success follows that of landlord Herbie Armstrong, of The Fountain, Rowlands Castle, who was a star of this year’s Britain’s Got Talent.
If she impresses the new team of judges she will go through to The X Factor boot camp.
The show is scheduled to be broadcast in the early autumn.