Sunday 22 April 2018

X Factor's Charli Beard 'hyped but daunted' for Six Chair Challenge

Charli Beard performing during X Factor's Boot Camp (SYCO/THAMES TV/PA Wire)
Charli Beard performing during X Factor's Boot Camp (SYCO/THAMES TV/PA Wire)

X Factor hopeful Charli Beard has revealed she is feeling "hyped but daunted" by the next stage of the competition - the live Six Chair Challenge - after battling acute stage fright.

The 17-year-old Hull student joins 63 other acts who have made it through Boot Camp and will now face the judges - Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw - to be whittled down for the Judges' Houses round.

She said: "It's amazing. At the time I actually found out, I couldn't have been more hyped and relieved at the same time. But also it's daunting.

"That's the afterthought. I thought, I have to deliver again in front of a live audience. It's going to be brutal, we've all watched it before, so (I have) mixed (feelings)."

Beard, who impressed the judges with her rendition of David Guetta's Without You in last night's episode, said she used to suffer from stage nerves which would often affect her performance.

"I was painfully shy on stage when I was younger," she admitted.

"I've been performing on stage since I was seven at every opportunity. Small, small gigs... I used to do a singing club in Hull where I would perform at pubs and stuff.

"The bigger the stage got, the more awkward on stage I became. I'd have my head down and always play with my hair, which I still get told off for doing."

She continued: "It's taken me a long time to even move or look at the audience on stage but because I've been committed... I've just gradually become relaxed. I feel at home on stage and I feel comforted by performing."

The first episode of the Six Chair Challenge on The X Factor airs on ITV at 7pm on October 4.

Press Association

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