Does Stevi Ritchie Think He Can Win?
THE X FACTOR UK STAR STEVI RITCHIE TALKS WITH AXS TV ABOUT LAST WEEK’S DRAMATIC ELIMINATION, HIS MENTOR SIMON COWELL, AND HIS CHANCES FOR VICTORY
One week after surviving a dramatic elimination round that saw his best friend, Jay James, sent home, X FACTOR UK standout Stevi Ritchie sat down with AXS TV for an open and honest interview where he shares his thoughts on last week’s results, what it’s like to have Simon Cowell as a mentor, and his surprising expectations for his future on the show.[youtubeif UdgJKMwFRno]
On the impact of last week’s sing-off, which pit Ritchie against James in a duel to decide their fates on the show, Ritchie says, “It was an emotional weekend for me. Obviously, I had my best friend Jay going. In the house we were very close, we shared the same room together, we’ve been together since boot camp, and have supported each other. He’s been like a little brother to me. To be in the bottom two with him… was a shock. I just knew that I was going to be in the bottom two, because of my performance last week. Then, when the bottom three were revealed, I thought, ‘Oh, god. Please don’t. It’s going to be Jay, isn’t it?’ The bad thing was singing off against him… I was sobbing like a baby for days when Jay was out, but also so happy at the same time that I was through another week.”
In a moment of incredible honesty, Ritchie opens up about his surprising expectations for himself on the show, saying, “I know I won’t win, I’m just putting that out there now… but, I’m going out there. I’m having a good time. I’ve got this far. I never thought it would be possible in my life. I’m very humble when it comes to things like that, because I take each week as it comes, and I’m really thankful for the lovely general public to get behind me on that. I’m one of those people that like to be honest and realistic about things… I would love to get through to the final three and the final night at Wembley. To perform with [Olly Murs] as my celebrity guest artist, that would be like the icing and the cherry on the cake. The chances of that, I will be honest, I think are slim… but, to survive another week would be just enough for me.”[youtubeif ikn0bDyJ5Lg]
Despite the tremendous rollercoaster of emotions, Ritchie is doing his best to stay positive, and looks forward to performing in this week’s rounds: “I’m in high spirits this weekend. I’ve got a really good song by Elton John… I can’t say what, but it’s going to be a really good song. [Creative Director] Brian Friedman is going all out for me. He’s given me a massive, massive comeback, and I’m really looking forward to doing it. I’ve just got to learn the lyrics.”
With the dynamic Simon Cowell as a mentor, Ritchie has access to a side of the media mastermind that audiences may not be privy to, revealing, “He’s just the best mentor you can have. He’s a lovely guy and very down to Earth. It was so surreal going for a meal with Mr. Cowell. Not many people have done that… He’s the god of X FACTOR UK, without a doubt, and he’s also my friend, as well. We get along really well.”
On his favorite moments this season, Ritchie says, “I’ve got a couple… the meal with Simon was probably one of them, because that doesn’t happen every day. Then, Cheryl bringing me back as a wildcard. That was just like totally mind-blowing… those two were the massive highlights, so far. Then, of course, meeting Olly Murs and all that was just like, wow, amazing. I’m really overwhelmed by it, and the public have really taken me in their hearts.”
— i love olly murs(@KelveyParris) November 19, 2014
Be sure to tune in to AXS TV for even more unforgettable performances, dramatic eliminations, and all-star guest appearances, as THE X FACTOR UK returns with two all-new episodes this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET, followed by the results show on Monday at 8 p.m. ET.