X Factor legend shatters illusion behind ‘confusing’ judges’ houses

A picture of Diana Vickers on The X Factor

‘It’s a very confusing time,’ the singer recalls (Picture: Ken McKay/Rex/Shutterstock)

‘We’re just anxious messes this generation, aren’t we?’

Seconds after saying hi to X Factor legend Diana Vickers over Zoom, it feels like I’m nattering with an old friend… rather than a singer who was propelled to nationwide stardom 16 years ago.

After spotting ITV’s This Morning playing in the background on her TV, we instantly start chatting about how much we both enjoy rewatching shows for comfort.

‘Sex and the City – I literally start from the beginning, go to the end and then just start again,’ the now 32-year-old remarks. ‘We want to watch things that we know how it ends.’

Well, back when Diana competed on The X Factor at 16 years old, it definitely wasn’t certain how her time in the competition was going to draw to a close.

In 2008, the captivating singer made it all the way to the live shows on the ITV programme, where she was mentored by judge Cheryl in the girls’ category.

Diana was in Cheryl’s girls’ category on The X Factor, alongside the eventual winner Alexandra Burke (Picture: Ken McKay/Rex/Shutterstock)

The singer finished the competition in fourth place at 16 years old (Picture: Ken McKay/Rex/Shutterstock)

She narrowly missed out on a place in the final, finishing in fourth place behind Eoghan Quigg in the third spot, JLS as the runners-up and Alexandra Burke as the eventual winner.

Diana’s elimination resulted in one of the most memorable moments ever seen on the show, when a sobbing Eoghan ran back on stage to hug her while she was singing her farewell song, White Flag by Dido.

It feels like a lifetime ago that The X Factor was at its peak, with Diana going down in TV history for playing a role in one of its most iconic seasons.

While she might be best-known for her angelic voice and ethereal stage presence, she’s now showing off her performance skills in a completely different way, starring as Gwyneth Paltrow in a musical parody of the Hollywood star’s infamous ski trial, titled I Wish You Well.

Before we get to talking about Gwyn and what the Goop founder might think of the play (‘I’d like to think that she is a good time girl and she would totally get it’), we first need to take a trip down memory lane, to the surreal land of reality TV in the late 2000s.

In the years since The X Factor, Diana has released music, appeared in films and TV shows and acted on stage (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/Rex/Shutterstock)

She’s now set to play Gwyneth Paltrow in a musical parody making its way to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Picture: RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

Diana shares how ‘strange’ she finds it looking back on her time on the programme, admitting that it’s ‘terrifying’ how quickly 16 years have flown by.

‘I just have flashbacks to me sort of being backstage, being absolutely terrified. I was quite a nervous wreck. I mean, I …read more

Source:: Metro


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