Lauren and Cheryl Set the Record Straight on AXS TV
AXS TV SITS DOWN WITH X FACTOR UK STAR LAUREN PLATT AND JUDGE CHERYL FERNANDEZ-VERSINI TO TALK ABOUT LAST WEEK’S ELIMINATION, THEIR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE, AND WHICH CONTESTANT SHOULD WIN IT ALL
Teenage songstress Lauren Platt was the latest X-FACTOR UK casualty this week, as the 17-year-old phenom was sent home following a sing-off with fan-favorite crooner Andrea Faustini. Platt was judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini’s last remaining contestant.
Outlasting 12 other acts, the youngest X Factor UKcontestant fought her way into the top four, making a name for herself as one of the top performers in Fernandez-Versini’s group. Though disappointed with the outcome, Cheryl wasn’t shy about praising her blossoming starlet, saying, ”I am gutted, obviously. I think that she should be in the final. But, I’m so proud of her. She’s the baby of the group. You’re talking about people that have had a lot of experience that are left, and Lauren is fresh from school. She’s been an absolute pleasure to work with, a diamond. And, yes, I’ve made a little sister, as well, out of the contestants. So, it’s all good in the end.”
For her part. Platt is taking her experience in stride, and remains optimistic about the future: “I’m in a really good place, I really, really am, for a few reasons. I’ve lost out to three of the most amazing people I’ve ever met, and [most] amazing vocalists I’ve ever met… I don’t believe that I’ve gone because I’m bad, or I’ve done anything wrong. I believe that I’ve gone because someone has to go, and someone is going to go next week that shouldn’t be going, and someone is going to come second who shouldn’t come second, and someone is going to win.”
Many X Factor UKrunners-up have gone on to experience great success in their own right, even overtaking their victorious counterparts. Platt is using this knowledge to propel her forward, as she begins a new phase of her career outside of the show: “I wouldn’t have come here if I didn’t want to win, but I don’t believe that winning is everything. I don’t believe you have to win to have a career. I made it to the semi-finals, and if I work hard after the semi-finals it should be okay. But, if I go home and sit there for two weeks, then it won’t.”
In regards to her own future on the show, Cheryl was open to a return, but made it clear it was up to Simon to make the first move, saying, “That would be a question he’d have to ask me, himself. And I would have to talk about it. It’s very emotional and you get attached. Even if you try not to. We’re human. We’re all human beings at the end of the day. Me, her, him, even though sometimes he doesn’t appear like one. At the end of the day, you can’t help but feel the emotion. We’re very, very passionate about our acts.”
Asked who she is rooting for to win the competition, Cheryl was quick to echo the sentiments of fellow judge Louis Walsh, saying, “Ben. That guy is so genuine. I went to a fundraising charity event the other week, and he was there, and he was just amazed that he was there… Such a nice guy, and he is why we have the overs category because you get people that have a dream and a talent. But, sometimes, they just can’t get the break, or life gets in the way. You have to pay your rent or your mortgage or whatever it is going on, and your dream can’t always happen. So the fact that we can give people of Ben’s age that opportunity is amazing, and I think he deserves it.”
Be sure to tune in to AXS TV this Sunday and Monday at 8 p.m. ET, as finalists Ben Haenow, Andrea Faustini and Fleur East go head-to-head to determine who will be the winner of The X Factor UK 2014. The hotly anticipated two-night finale event will feature unforgettable performances from Ed Sheeran, Demi Lovato, One Direction, and more.