Stripped-back Sydnee all class

She has already survived two eliminations but Perth singer Sydnee Carter says she will still return home to finish high school at Sacred Heart College should she win The X Factor.

The Wanneroo-raised 16-year-old has escaped being in the bottom two for the first two weeks of the live shows despite some of the judges critiquing the song choices for Carter, such as last week's performance of Wings' Live and Let Die.

"I have no input into the song choices, it is all chosen by my mentor Ronan (Keating). I just get given a song and I have to sing it," Carter, right, told AAA Weekend.

"It wasn't something that I would choose myself but I was happy with how I took it onboard

"I would still like to be singing the stuff that I always sing, like the acoustic indie style."

And tomorrow night at 6.30pm on Seven/GWN7, Carter says she will return to doing what she does best by allowing her haunting voice to shine on an acoustic rendition of the Buggles' Video Killed the Radio Star.

"We are stripping back with this week's performance," she said.

"I am definitely looking forward to stripping back the song but I have enjoyed coming out of my comfort zone in the past two performances to show people that my guitar isn't just my safety blanket."

And if Carter manages to take out this year's reality talent search, she will be the first winner who will go back to her Sorrento high school before pursuing a full-time music career.

"I want to go back to school regardless of what happens," she said.

"If I happen to win, I know it will be a bit difficult but I still want to go back.

"I am definitely finishing school, that is something I have always wanted to achieve - I don't want to throw that achievement away."

The West Australian

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