A former Nescot student got through the second stage of bootcamp on this year’s The X Factor in an episode screened last night (Sunday September 27).
The solo performance was the second bootcamp challenge, and means Sophie is one of 16 acts in the ‘girls’ category through to the infamous six chair challenge, which will be screened this weekend.
“When they told me I was through it just felt unreal, to be honest, I was so shocked,” said Sophie, who is 23 and lives in Croydon.
“I was really nervous before my performance because the talent this year is just so high. I worked really hard and I just concentrated on doing the best I could.”
Sophie, a full-time mum to her six-month-old daughter Francesca, now faces the six chair challenge, where girls category mentor Rita Ora will select six acts to take through to the judges’ houses round.
The live shows will begin on October 31, with the winner of the grand prize of a recording contract being announced before Christmas.
Sophie, who last week cited Nescot as helping her develop as a performer by growing her confidence and helping her stage skills, said it has been surreal seeing herself on television.
“In some ways it’s been really difficult to keep everything a secret from my friends and family, but at the same time I love surprising people,” she added.
“I’ve had a lot of people getting in touch to tell me they’re backing me and to say they’ve loved my performances – the support has been unreal, and it’s really lovely to have.”
Cliff Hall, Head of College at Nescot, said: “We were all delighted to see Sophie get through to the next round, and we will be watching this weekend with our fingers crossed.”