Could this be my time?: X Factor’s celebrity Unders in their own words
Towie star Megan McKenna leads the pack on the all-star spin-off.
Simon Cowell has recruited a star-studded cast of celebrities for his X Factor spin-off – and some of the best-known faces are in its Unders category.
Here is a selection of their best quotes.
Former The Only Way Is Essex star Megan McKenna
“No fear at all – I love performing live. I think it sounds better when you sing live because it’s all emotion.
“I can’t believe I have the chance of singing live to the nation every Saturday night. It’s what I’ve always wanted. That’s something I’ve always dreamed of.”
Actress and David Hasselhoff’s daughter Hayley Hasselhoff
“My dad is super excited. He literally gets emotional just thinking about the fact that he gets to see me back on stage. He knows how much I love the stage. I am my
father’s daughter completely. We are the exact same person.
“Being on stage, singing is just a very different emotional feeling and satisfaction.”
Soap star Jonny Labey
“No matter what it is that I’ve done or what it is that I’m doing, there’s always been people there that know you as Paul Coker from EastEnders.
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What an HONOUR to finally announce that I'll be SINGING in this year's, brand new #XfactorCelebrity edition! Massive thank you to @itv for this incredible opportunity! Music and singing have always been huge passions of mine, however from busking on the streets of St. Helier to producing my own concert I've only ever really sang in Jersey! It's time to FACE THE MUSIC, change up the game and do something different... got some fun things planned 😉 Thank you thank you thank you! Will need all your incredible love and support! LET'S DO THIS! @thexfactor #XFactor #ITV #singersongwriter #artist #Eastenders
“The fans really got behind that character as well as my journey on the show so I hope they will do the same for me now I am on The X Factor.”
Actress Olivia Olson
“Recently, I’ve felt a little stuck in my career. I’ve done a lot that’s really honourable, that I’m proud of. But, it’s almost as if the recognition goes to the characters that I play and not a lot of people know me as a singer.
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WILD! I’ll be joining the cast & competition of #xfactorcelebrity 🎤🎶 Thank you @ITV for giving me this shot! It’s going to be so much fun but also really out of my comfort zone. I’d hardly consider myself a “celebrity” & performing live is something I’ve shyed away from for so long. I want to do this to push myself because I have so much more to give. You know #Marceline or “the little girl” from #loveactually but I’m ready for the world to get to know OLIVIA. @thexfactor #xfactor #teamOO
“Everyone remembers me as either the little girl from Love Actually, or one of the animated characters that I play for Disney or Cartoon Network.”
American actor and Glee star Kevin McHale
“So during Glee, we performed on The X Factor in the UK, and I remember meeting Simon before, and he was super, super nice.
“The whole illusion of him being really awful, so it had sort of faded for me, but then we were on that stage singing, and I knew we weren’t being judged but I
still couldn’t look at him.
“I was like, ‘Oh God’. I was really terrified! here was one point where Amber goes up and just belted a note out in his face, and I was like, ‘Good. Good.Good!’ I’m like, ‘You’re good enough to do that’.
“So this’ll be hard. It’s also just harder, no matter who it is, singing in an intimate environment.”