WHEN St Alphege dancer Bonnie Parsons used to watch X Factor she had no idea that one day she would be performing on the show.
But that’s exactly what’s happened, with the borough girl appearing on stage in front of 14m viewers.
For the second year in a row, the 21-year-old has battled through gruelling auditions to join the troupe of backing dancers.
“It was a very rigorous process - around about 300 people turned out for auditions and only a handful were actually chosen. Performing on the show is a fantastic experience.
“All the routines are choreographed by a guy called Brian Friedman, who used to do stuff for people like Britney Spears and N*Sync.
“Those were the people I watched growing up and were part of the reason I became a dancer, so working with the guy responsible is a bit of a dream come true.”
Bonnie started with a Solihull dance group at just nine-years-old and went away to a special boarding school to follow her dream.
Since she finished her studies, she has spent time performing in New York and would like to return to America in the future.
Bonnie’s best friend, Dani Bowen, is also carving a career in showbiz - winning a role in a touring production of Cabaret. “It’s really great that we’ve both had the chance to carry on and do what we always dreamt of doing.”