Brenda’s life changed forever when she became the last woman standing in the semi-finals of the UK’s X Factor in 2005, leaving the audience and judges spellbound week after week. In 2006, she was presented with the Screen Nation Award for Favourite Reality TV Star. In 2016, Brenda was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. As of 2019, she is 3 years free of cancer and uses every opportunity to raise money and awareness for various cancer charities. Brenda is currently a regular presenter on ITV’s Loose Women and BBC's Songs of Praise.