With just days to go till X Factor 2012 kicks off (we’re so eXcitied), some of the biggest stars to have emerged from the show have been revealing all about their musical journeys.
In a walk down memory lane, One Direction’s Niall Horan and Liam Payne, Leona Lewis, Little Mix, JLS, Alexandra Burke and Olly Murs have spoken about the moment they realised they wanted to perform, as they looked back at childhood photographs – some of which are hilarious.
Niall dressed as a Teletubby is a particular highlight and one that Harry and the gang are sure to have great fun with!
Olly was also shocked to see a rather cute but cheesy image of himself appear in shot and the Xtra Factor host said: “I’m so embarrassed you’ve got those clips!”
Alexandra explained: “The earliest memories I have of performing and wanting to be a singer starts off in my bedroom.”
The Little Mix ladies used to pretend they were the Spice Girls.
But thanks to The X Factor, they have all come a long way from singing with hairbrushes in front of the mirror.
The X graduates have gone on to become some of the most successful acts in the world, with many selling-out gigs across the globe.
Did they ever imagine they would come so far when they took the first brave step to audition for the show?
Leona said: “The first audition: I was really, really nervous but it felt really good, it was really positive.”
1D star Liam added: “When we first stepped out of those doors and got the chance to perform on such a big show, and you realise millions of people are watching you, that’s going to always be the biggest memory for me.”
Not all went on to win the show – One Direction were third, but as they are now one of the biggest boybands ever, they’re proof of the magic X can unfold.
Who will be next to take the world by storm? Which Xtra talented hopefuls will follow in previous years’ stars successful footsteps? We’ll find out when X Factor 2012 kicks off this Saturday at 8.
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