Exclusive: Interview With The X Factor’s Soheila Clifford

Although it was unfortunate, I did somewhat expect it and knowing I had made it that far totally alone and through working hard, I felt a sense of accomplishment. I knew it wasn’t the end but only a new beginning. I’d now been given a great platform to work with and start rising up with.

If you were on the live shows, who do you think would be your biggest competition? And why?

If I had made it to live shows, based on the type of performer I am and what I do I would have said 5am hands down would be my biggest competition. I would have brought the all singing, all dancing element in a solo light but I would fight for my place next to them. They are very talented boys.

Any advice to any young performers out there?

No matter how hard it feels, how many times you get told no, DO NOT GIVE UP. I have had a lot of rejection but I have heard yes plenty as well. This industry is ruthless and the only person you should be in it for is you. Keep pushing, keep working and you will get there. Use any doubt people throw at you to fuel you. Believe in yourself and always give it 110%.

What do you think of Honey G’s talent?

Being on the show made me realise a lot of things. Whether it was how it’s run or the people in it. For me, the G in Honey G stands for “gold”. The woman actually is one of the loveliest people I’ve met in a long time. She entertains the public, and she is shamelessly herself which I love. Although she may not have a great voice, she is kind, she is real and she’s a lot of fun. I love what she’s about. I admire her confidence, it’s refreshing.

What is life like after The X Factor?

Admittedly, life has been great since leaving X Factor. I have been to and keep being invited to great events, I have met a few incredible industry contacts who are now really helping push me further in the industry. This beginning has made it possible to start the new leg of my career. The start of 2017 is going to be very exciting for me and my music career. I know it’s cliché to say “watch this space” but watch this space!

Will you be going back on the show in the future?

I haven’t at this point got any intention of going back as I believe in only moving forward but never say never and I will always be grateful for the new publicity and start the show gave me. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s only the beginning.

Although it was disappointing for Soheila to leave the show so soon, she has shown that she is a fighter and is not giving up any time soon. She is a determined young performer and has given good advice for people who would like to follow in her footsteps. I look forward to listening to her future projects and for what she has in store for 2017.

*Thanks to Sue at Opaque Management for her help in securing this interview.

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