X Factor 2010: Simon Cowell says Rebecca Ferguson has ‘confidence issues’

by Lisa McGarry

Single mum Rebecca Ferguson makes her TV debut on tonight’s X Factor show.

The 23 year old singer lives in Liverpool with her two children and auditioned in Manchester for Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and guest judge Nicole Scherzinger.

She told the cameras:

“I was very confident as a child, I was very, very cocky. I was always singing and always dancing and then when I got pregnant with Lily, everyone just said you’re life’s over, you’re never going to become anything. I started to think well maybe I won’t be able to become a singer. Who’s gonna want me now I’ve had a kid so I’m just gonna give it a try this year and see how it goes.”

She cried:

“It just means so much to me. I’ve never wanted to be anything else…I’m just gonna do my best when I get on that stage.”

“I’ve never really wanted to be anything else but a singer but I thought I need to have something steady and stable for the kids so I thought, go to college, educate myself.”

Rebecca sang A Change Is Gonna Come for the panel and while the judges loved her vocal, they had some pointers on her performing style:

Judges Comments:

Nicole: “Rebecca, your voice really moves me and I love to listen to you. It’s okay to be vulnerable in your music but you still have to connect to the people that you’re singing to so just keep that in mind.”

Simon: “I think the problem is, Rebecca, you kind of go off in to your own little world where like you’re singing to yourself and we’re trying to catch up with you the whole time which means you’re not making it as emotional as it could be. I think that’s a confidence issue.”

Have Rebecca’s emotions got the better of her or will she be making her way to Bootcamp? Tune in tonight at 7.30pm to find out!

Check out a clip of Becca singing outside the audition venue below.

Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!