Remember Rebecca Ferguson?
Rebecca Ferguson recently spoke to the BBC about the pressures that she is facing to stay in the spotlight after she lost to Matt Cardle in 2010’s The X Factor. She admitted: "I am quite shy and very quiet, but I can be assertive when it comes to things I believe in..."
"I've found in this business you have to be quite assertive. You have to take a step back when you become the runner-up, and that's what I had to do. There was a definitely a fear. I thought, 'Am I going to be forgotten?'"
The singer also expressed her desire to live a better life for her two children: "Everything you do is for them, so when you're making your decisions you've got two other people to think about.” She added: "I find that gives me the extra kick to stand up for myself."
Her vocal abilities are unquestionable, but the 25-year-old was doubted as a songwriter: "There was an assumption that maybe I wouldn't be the best writer. I’d arrive at the studios and the songs were already written for me. All the songs came quite naturally. I find it really, really easy. If someone plays me a melody, I can write the song. I'm very quick. Very instinctive."
Rebecca’s first UK tour will kick off in February, and her debut album will also be promoted in the US this year. But will it be enough to keep the public more than mildly interested?
Words: Maz Khan (@MazHalima)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)