Samantha Mumba has a stern warning for Ireland's X Factor hopefuls
Samantha Mumba has some wise advice for Ireland's X Factor hopefuls: get a good lawyer.
The former pop princess (33), who made waves in the US with her debut single Gotta Tell You, started in the music industry when she was just 15 and learned the tough nature of the showbiz industry first-hand.
Despite selling four million copies of her first album worldwide, the Drumcondra native said the youngsters who tried out for the ITV talent show at Croke Park last weekend need to be cautious.
"I think the main thing is to have a good lawyer. Make sure it's a good contract, and good for them.
"I think you have to take opportunities like that and make the best of them when they arise," she said.
Her own music career stalled three years after her first album release when several music labels merged under the umbrella of Sony Music Entertainment in 2003.
It left her recording contract in limbo and meant that legally she couldn't release any music. But, she said, she wouldn't have done things any differently as music was her focus from an early age.
"I was 15 when I got my contract and in hindsight, it's very young," she said.
"That was my passion at the time and I don't think I could have been told otherwise to be honest," she said.
The singer and actress flew home from LA to spend the summer in Ireland, catching up with family and friends and showing off her adorable daughter Sage, her baby with husband Torray Scales.
She'll be mixing business with pleasure as she revealed she'll be returning to the small screen shortly after signing up for a new project.
"I've a couple of things (lined up), a few little bits that we're just working out all the kinks on at the moment so it will be nice to combine the two, especially because I've got no support family-wise over there. So it's great," she said.
"There's a million people here wanting to babysit and take her so it makes it a lot easier. It's TV work, a couple of different things so it will be nice.
"Anything that ties in with her little routine, I'm up for."
She's also going down the natural route with her little girl, opting to continue breastfeeding her past her milestone first birthday.
"It's been such a lovely bonding experience for us and I think it's one of those things. It either works for women or it doesn't. I've just been very lucky that it has," she said.