A former Nescot student has made it to the second stage of bootcamp at this year’s X Factor.
Sophie Plumb, who studied her Level 2 and 3 Performing Arts courses at the college before leaving in 2012, made it through the first bootcamp challenge in a challenge that was screened on Sunday night (September 20).
The 23-year-old from Croydon joined a group with four other acts and performed Taylor Swift’s Blank Space for judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw.
“Bootcamp is really tough, but I’m proud of myself and I was really glad to get through the first challenge,” said Sophie, a full-time mum to her six-month-old daughter Francesca.
“I was nervous about applying for X Factor but I told myself I had nothing to lose. I wanted to show my daughter that dreams can come true.”
Soul and RnB singer Sophie performed Rudimental’s Waiting All Night at her audition in Wembley in July, followed by Listen by Beyonce on the request of new judge Nick Grimshaw.
She said she was delighted to get four ‘yes’ votes from the judges, and loved the experience of bootcamp, filmed in Hertfordshire in August.
This weekend’s show sees Sophie, who also auditioned for the X Factor in 2013 and has also performed in Britain’s Got Talent, sing again for the judges.
If she is successful she will perform in the now-infamous six chair challenge at Wembley, followed by the judge’s houses and the live shows.
Sophie cited Croydon stars Stormzy and Krept and Konan as inspiration, as well as last year’s X Factor winner Ben Haenow, and said she is proud to represent her hometown.
“Studying at Nescot really helped me develop as a performer,” she added. “The course and the teaching really developed my confidence.
“I learnt a lot about working on stage and about the industry, and it really built up my performance skills.”
Gavin Maxwell, Nescot’s Performing Arts section leader, said: “Sophie is a really talented student with a brilliant voice. We’re all supporting her journey on the X Factor, and we’re sure she’ll go far.”