Former Nescot student Sophie Plumb has vowed to audition for The X Factor next year, after leaving this year’s contest on Sunday (October 4).
The 23-year-old sang Adele’s Turning Tables for girls mentor Rita Ora, as well as Simon Cowell, Nick Grimshaw and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, but failed to win a seat in the infamous Six Chair Challenge.
Speaking on Monday Sophie, who lives in Croydon and is a full-time mum to her six-month-old daughter Francesca, said she was positive about her future.
“There are so many talented girls this year – it’s a really strong category, and it must have been really hard for Rita to pick her team,” said Sophie, who studied Performing Arts at Nescot until 2012.
“I’m so happy for the girls who got through. I’ve seen how hard they work, and they really deserve it. They’re all lovely girls, there was a real team spirit and everyone supported each other.
“I was disappointed in my performance. My nerves got the better of me – you could hear it in my voice. I wanted it so much, and I just got so nervous beforehand.”
“Going on The X Factor was an amazing experience, and it’s given me something to tell my daughter about when she grows up,” Sophie added.
“It’s given me a lot of confidence, and I’m really positive about my future and proud of what I achieved. I’ll be back next year – unless I’ve been signed by then!”
On Sunday Sophie was the penultimate of the 16 acts to sing for a seat, and by the time she took to the stage all six chairs were full.
Nick Grimshaw, mentoring the boys category told Sophie she was a ‘fighter’ and seemed ‘determined’, and groups mentor Cheryl Fernandez-Versini said she needed ‘a bit of guidance and help’.
“My heart goes out to you,” said Simon Cowell, mentoring the overs category. “It wasn’t a perfect vocal, Sophie, but I could see how hard you fought.”
Rita Ora, who also auditioned Nescot student Charlotte Turnbull on The Voice last February, told Sophie: “There is just something about you. I like you.”
Kathryn Stephen, Head of Hair, Beauty and the Arts at Nescot, said: “We’re really proud of Sophie for getting so far in such a big competition, and we look forward to seeing her go from strength to strength.”