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" After my first video, I went out and had chicken noodle soup with my sister and manager. We were like, 'How rock n' roll are we? Celebrating the first video with chicken soup.' "
" Before going on 'X Factor' again, I felt like I'd tried everything else. "
" Even before I auditioned for 'X Factor' the second time, I was doing a lot of dance music. "
" Even writing verses from my first album, there were songs that I didn't use because I just felt that they weren't really for me. But I think that happens naturally when you write songs. You're in a different mood in every session. There's so many songs out there that could potentially be used by other artists. "
" Everyone assumes it is just 'Wendy who works at Tesco' who goes to audition for 'X Factor,' and then their lives are changed, wham, like that. Me, I am someone who has tried for years in the music industry. "
" Everyone's path is really different, and you just have to be in the right place at the right time. 'The X Factor' gave me that chance I needed, that platform. "
" I can't ignore what I grew up listening to. My parents used to listen to Michael Jackson non-stop. They used to listen to Luther Vandross, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder. "
" I'd done an EP, and nothing came from that, and I didn't know where to go from there. "
" I didn't grow up in a wealthy family at all. Being at home all day and watching movies, that was a luxury. "
" I'd love to write with some people from the U.K., like Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sande... there's a very long list. "
" I do body conditioning, spinning and yoga. On the treadmill, I'll do intervals of running flat and then on incline. I'll do that for an hour. "
" I do loads of squats with weights. It's great for your bum and legs. "
" I'd perform in the mirror; I'd pretend to do interviews. I'd practice my autograph for hours. "
" I feel like I'm quite versatile. I want to do lots of different styles. "
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" I got to the point where I'd featured on songs; I'd done backing singing for major artists. I'd done all these shows, but it was always for other people. "
" I hated my big hair. I always wore it straight. "
" I'm a believer in things happening for a reason. "
" I normally hit the gym five times a week. I tend to do half an hour of cardio - on the treadmill or a spin class - then head for the weights. I do a lot of core work, obviously! "
" I put pressure on myself all the time. I felt it so much with 'Sax,' but I had to just let go and enjoy it. "
" I remember, one day, I just printed out about a hundred CVs, and I was running around London. I was going to modeling agencies, temping agencies, anything. I was so desperate. "
" It's funny because the perception is that the typical 'X Factor' contestant is the person who's just working 9 to 5 and just decides to one day go and audition. So yeah, for me, it was a very different story. "
" I uplift people and see the good in a bad situation. The worst is I'm very critical of myself. If I do a performance, I watch it 100 times afterwards and pick it apart. "
" I used to hate performing in front of anybody, but I was forced to sing in front of family, at family gatherings. Then it slowly developed, and I started to love it. "
" I used to just sit in the living room and make up songs on the keyboard. "
" I used to shop in ASDA all the time. Every now and then I still go in to get a little salad for lunch. "
" I've always loved working out. When I was little, my dad used to make me and my sister do 10 press-ups every day before we brushed our teeth in the morning. It was like a boot camp! Then I did a lot of athletics at school and was a dancer. "
" I've been hyper-conscious about staying away from rubbish. I don't eat white bread, white rice or cereal unless it's porridge. "
" I've waited so long to get to this point, and I'm so happy to be making my first album. I want to be a performer and an entertainer. "
" I've worked in a call centre and as a nightclub waitress. I served champagne to Rihanna. "
" I would never totally deny myself any specific type of food. "
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