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Ex-reality star Megan McKenna honoured to sing at Glastonbury as first X Factor winner to do so


Megan McKenna

Megan McKenna

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Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton


Megan McKenna

Megan McKenna will channel her hero Dolly Parton when she makes history performing at EE Glastonbury on the Acoustic Stage today.

The 29-year-old, who found fame on The Only Way Is Essex and Celebrity Big Brother before winning Celebrity X Factor in 2019, is the first ever X Factor winner to play Worthy Farm — something 2012 winner James Arthur dismissed as “snobbery” from the festival’s organisers.

In celebration of its 50th year, Sir Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish and rapper Kendrick Lamar will headline the Pyramid Stage.

Megan told Showbiz Life: “I can’t believe it. I am so excited. It’s something I’ve dreamed of since I was a little girl. It’s probably every artist’s dream to play there. I cried when I found out. I feel so honoured.

“It proves it doesn’t matter where you’ve come from. As long as you’ve got good music to back you and you believe in yourself, you can do it.

“I always knew if I just carried on doing my music and showed everyone that I really mean business...

“I was doing music before the reality stuff. It was something I got asked to do and I thought, ‘Do I do it? Could it affect my singing?’ But do you know what? Everything happens for a reason.”

“I’m so glad I took the opportunity, as I don’t think I would be where I am today. The music industry is so hard, especially for me being a normal little girl with no connections.”

The reality TV stalwart, who went to Nashville to work on her music, which she writes herself, is going to channel 2014 headliner and country legend Dolly Parton during her country music set.

Megan, who has previously supported Sir Tom Jones and Simply Red, said: “I’m obviously going to go all out — 100 per cent. I am always channelling Dolly — big hair and lots of glitz. I love her. She is an icon.”

Megan kicked off her new music project, One Song A Week, on Friday with track Baby Talk. She will now release new music weekly, which will be a combination of original music, cover songs, alternative versions of existing tracks, visual songs, studio sessions and more.

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