Graham woman speaks about memorable ‘X Factor’ performance

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GRAHAM, N.C. — Sally Hessnice is a mom, a nurse and an X Factor contestant from Graham.

“I thought it would be really fun to get out there and audition again,” Hessnice said. It was her second time trying out on the show.

Hessnice said she started singing when she was younger and is still going strong at age 56.

“I’ve been a professional singer. I’m a graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts, a 1985 graduate, a voice performance major. I traveled around the United States as a soloist,” she said.

The singer was featured on Wednesday’s X Factor where she sang, “Greatest Love of All.”  When asked, Hessnice told the judges when she sings for people it makes them happy.

Unfortunately, Hessnice didn’t make the cut.  She received a “no” from all four judges.

The harshest critique came from Simon, “Sally, I’ve just been told 8,000 dogs are trying to get in the venue, I mean, seriously.”

Hessince didn’t let Simon’s remarks get her down, “It’s just another person to judge you.”

Hessnice said she was surprised when she watched the show and heard her voice on TV.

“I called all my friends and they said that wasn’t you singing, Sally. They could tell my voice had been altered,” explains Hessnice.

Despite believing her voice was somehow changed before airing on TV, she still feels positive about the process. She said it was a great experience.

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