The URBRUM Factor – Rebecca Shaw
If you have been one of the millions tuned into X Factor on a Saturday night, you may have noticed local teenager Rebecca Shaw. Beccy who attended Swanshurst Secondary School in Billesley, was one of many that were selected for the boot camp stage on X Factor.
Beccy began by telling us how she loved singing even as a child. “I’ve sung all my life and in year six my school put on a production “The Wizard of Oz”. My friends had heard me singing and encouraged me to audition, the audition meant singing on stage in front of the year six pupils. After that audition, I was given the lead role of Dorothy”. So for Beccy, that started the ball rolling.
Moving onto her secondary years, Beccy became her school’s vocal scholar, this is where her singing lessons began and put her on a good footing for what was to come.
At this stage Beccy found her musical inspiration from Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, Beyonce and Ray Charles.
URBRUM: At what point did X Factor appear on your radar?
After entering a talent show at school, everyone was coming up to me saying X Factor and that I should audition. At the time the minimum age for the show was 14 and my mom wouldn’t let me go and audition so I waited two years until I was seventeen to do it. Being on the show was pretty cool as it is something I have always wanted to do.
URBRUM: Watching the X Factor from home and seeing the contestants get four yes’s, their reactions seem a bit over the top, how was it for you?
I was ecstatic. It was like being on some kind of drug. Dermot came over asking me how I felt and to be honest, I didn’t even remember being on stage! Performing in front of people didn’t bother me, I just wanted to hear four yes’s.
I’ve met some of the most amazing people I think I’ll ever meet. Having a massive group of artists come together was so inspiring for me and I feel that my own voice has developed a lot just from being there for the week. Gary, Tulisa, Kelly and Louis are generally good people; they encouraged us but at the same time they have to entertain the millions of viewers.
Beccy tells us “appearing on X Factor has been like riding an emotional rollercoaster. It’s been amazing and one of the best experiences of my life but has also had its tough moments. I’m going to apply for the X Factor again. I have recently preformed in a lot of shows collaborations and gatherings which is good. I’ve put a preview on YouTube which already has had over 800 views and I will continue to look for any other opportunities that may arise”.
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