Carolynne Poole (née Good; born 5 August 1980 in Leeds, England) is an English singer-songwriter, actress and former model. She is a founding member of the Carolynne Good Band, based in Leeds and London. She is best known for finishing in third place on the second series of the BBC singing competition Fame Academy in 2003. In 2011, Poole was a contestant on The X Factor and made it to the judges' houses' stage of the competition. She returned to the show the following series in 2012 and made it to the live shows, but was eliminated after the first live show following a sing-off against Rylan Clark.
Early and personal life:
Carolynne Good was born in Leeds, Yorkshire. She attended Intake High School (now Leeds West Academy), which was also attended by Mel B.
In February 2008, Carolynne became engaged to footballer David Poole, whom she married on 3 June that year. The couple separated in 2011 but Carolynne still retains her ex-husband's last name professionally. In an interview with celebrity magazine New! in September 2012, she explained how she had suffered two failed IVF courses, one of which resulted in a miscarriage at nine weeks. This affected her marriage and her confidence, and ultimately resulted in her not being chosen for The X Factor live shows in 2011: "After the IVF, I wanted to go back to my career. Fame Academy was eight years ago then in 2011, and I had taken a back seat to be married and try for children. I don't begrudge anything, but suddenly things had changed and I didn't know whether I could have a family or not. I had to tell myself that maybe it wasn't meant to be and I needed to concentrate on myself."
1998-2001: Early career:
Poole's early musical influences included The Eagles, U2, The Carpenters, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. In 1998, having moved from Leeds to London to pursue a career as a singer-songwriter, she was one of the final 15 in auditions for S Club 7, along with Pop Idol contestant Zoe Birkett. The following year, Poole joined and fronted a five-member country music band, WOTS (Word on the Street), with which she toured the UK. In 2001, she signed her first publishing contract with BMG Music Publishing. In 2000, she continued to develop her songwriting talents in the UK and Europe. She split most of her time between London and Stockholm, writing for other recording artists, writing and recording with different song writers and producers.
2003-05: Fame Academy, songwriting and touring:
In 2003, Poole appeared in the second series of the BBC's singing competition Fame Academy, in which she reached the final. A song she co-wrote with fellow contestants Alex Parks and James Fox, titled "Not Your Average Kind of Girl", was included on Parks' 2003 debut album Introduction. The album reached number 5 on the UK Albums Chart and has since been classified 2x Platinum in the UK, and gold in six other countries including Italy, Greece, Germany, and Australia.
Poole spent 2004 continuing to writing songs, and in the next year toured the UK with Tony Christie. Under the wing of Christie's Amarillo Music, she co-wrote new material and formed the Carolynne Good Band in 2005 with songwriter/bassist Don Rogers, drummer Sean Fitzgerald, guitarists Alex Rogers and Alex Sharman from the London-based band Starling, and keyboard player Maki. The band described their sound as "a mixture of classic singer-songwriter melodies with a country flavour."
2011-12: The X Factor:
In 2011, Poole auditioned for the eighth series of The X Factor. She reached the "judges' houses" stage, where Louis Walsh was her mentor in the "over 25s" category, but failed to progress through to the live shows, with Walsh instead choosing Johnny Robinson, Kitty Brucknell, Jonjo Kerr and Goldie Cheung (who later dropped out and was replaced by Sami Brookes).
Poole auditioned again for the ninth series, and made it to the live shows with Gary Barlow as her mentor. In the first week of the live shows, Poole sang Nicki Minaj's "Starships". Despite positive comments, however, she was in the bottom two the following night with controversial "boys" contestant Rylan Clark. Nicole Scherzinger voted against Poole as Clark was in her category, while Gary Barlow and Tulisa Contostavlos opted to eliminate Clark based on the final showdown performance. This left Walsh with the deciding vote, but he appeared unable to make up his mind. After hesitating for some time, he eventually said "I'm going to with Carolynne, I want to keep Carolynne.", although he had to say who wanted to send home, not who he wanted to save. Eventually, after being pressured for an answer by presenter Dermot O'Leary, Walsh exclaimed "I want to take it to deadlock". O'Leary then revealed that Poole had received fewer public votes and she was sent home, much to the disgust of Barlow, who stormed off stage and later called Clark a "joke act" and "talentless". After her elimination, Poole insisted that she would not audition for the show a third time, admitting "I just couldn't put myself through that again."
Since 2005, Poole has appeared on stage in pantomime and has also acted in short films. In August 2008, she began shooting her first feature film playing Frankie in The Last Days of Edgar Harding, which was released in 2011. In 2010, she played the role of Sue in Bill Kenwright's UK tour of Dreamboats and Petticoats, and had a minor role in the BBC film Eric and Ernie. In May 2012, Poole appeared in Emmerdale as a girlfriend. She later played Justin Gallagher new fiancée Talia Brice.