Tuesday 21 November 2017

Rapper Honey G: I left X Factor on a high note

Honey G, aka Anna Georgette Guilford (Syco/Thames TV)
Honey G, aka Anna Georgette Guilford (Syco/Thames TV)

Honey G said she thinks she left The X Factor singing competition on a high note and "went out with a bang".

The controversial rapper - who was labelled by many as a novelty act in this year's competition - lost her place o n the ITV show after a sing-off against trio 5 After Midnight.

The singer, whose real name is Anna Georgette Gilford, failed to impress as she performed Tupac Shakur's California Love which featured her trademark "When I say honey, you say G" chant.

Talking to ITV's Lorraine Kelly, she said: "I kind of feel like I went out with a bang. I really did do my best this weekend and I felt I gave it my all on the sing-off, so I think I've gone out on quite a positive note."

During Saturday night's show she was confronted by a man rushing on to the stage following her performance. A prankster group called Trollstation later took credit for the stage invasion.

The rapper explained that X Factor boss Simon Cowell had checked on her immediately following the incident.

"He wanted to see if I was OK, he just asked me if I was alright. I said: 'Yeah, don't worry Simon, I'm fine,'" she explained.

Honey has faced a backlash as critics have questioned her seriousness as a musical act.

She told Lorraine: "Well, basically I've come from a musical background. My mum is a pianist. I've got a degree in music production and composition. I've been producing music for about 15 to 20 years, and I've been rapping for about four or five years."

Addressing the idea of her act as a "novelty", she said: "I grew up singing to blues and R n' B records, literally just singing along to rap albums like the Snoop Dogg Doggystyle album. I was saying the other day, while everyone else was listening to the Backstreet Boys, I was busy memorising the Snoop Dogg album."

Honey said she hopes to secure a record deal with Cowell's label, Syco, following her stint on the show.

She also revealed she is single, but looking for love and hopes to start a family soon.

She said: "I'm single. I am looking for love, I really want to have kids soon and obviously I just really want to hopefully get a long term partner before i decide to have kids, so possibly hopefully marriage one day as well, you never know."

The rap artist praised her mentor, Sharon Osbourne, for supporting her throughout the show.

"Sharon is probably one of the most unbelievable people I've ever met," she said.

"I said this to her last night, no-one in my whole life has ever stuck up for me the way that she did last night on that panel, and I'll never ever forget that, how good she's been to me. She even sent me a message last night saying 'That's it, now, we're friends for life.'"

This weekend's show will have a Christmas theme as the contestants battle it out for a place in the semi-finals.

:: The X Factor returns on Saturday at 8pm on ITV.

Appearing on ITV's This Morning, Honey denied accusations that she is "fake" and performing a character in the style of Leigh Francis's alter ego, Keith Lemon.

She said: "I'm not fake, this isn't an act. I've grown up on the underground scene."

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