X Factor: Tulisa talks juggling jobs, stand-out acts and N-Dubz
The lead singer of one of the most successful urban British hip hop group, N-Dubz. Tulisa has had eight top 40 hits, a sell-out tour, album sales of over 1.2 million and has won four MOBO awards.
What appealed to you about becoming a judge on The X Factor?
Who wouldn’t want to be an X Factor judge?! It’s a job I’ve always wanted to do. I love the fact we’re changing people’s lives. I love that it’s all about music, and I can put the knowledge I’ve learnt to good use and help people.
How are you finding the new job so far?
It’s a whole new world for me but I’m definitely enjoying it! I feel like I’m embarking on a new journey in my life.
How is the new judging panel getting on?
Almost too well. I feel like I’m part of a new family. It’s like being in N-Dubz without the arguments!
Are you missing working with Fazer and Dappy?
I still get to work with them on a regular basis as N-Dubz are still really busy, so doing the show just gives me some me time!
Does seeing the young auditionees take you back to when you were starting out?
I can definitely relate to them. It reminds me of the drive I had when I was a kid to get where I am today.
Do you find it hard to be honest with some of the acts who aren’t as good as they think they are?
I’d like to think I’m perceptive to people’s emotions. If I think they can handle the truth then I’ll give to them. If not I’ll be more subtle. It is hard with the more delicate acts though. You have to let them down gently, especially considering the courage it takes to get on that stage in the first place.
Which city has had the best singing talent?
We’ve found such a variety of acts, each one from different parts of the UK. So luckily enough I don’t have to choose as each city brought a different vibe to the table.
Has there been a stand out act for you so far?
There certainly has, but you’ll just have to wait and see!
What are you looking for in this year’s contestants?
Three simple qualities: talent, likeability and ambition. Someone that stands out from the crowd.
Which category would you like to mentor and why?
Now that would be telling. I don’t want the other judges to know who I want as they might try and grab them!
What would you sing if you were to audition for The X Factor?
I’d probably write my own song to show I was a writer as well as an artist.
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