X Factor contestant Hannah Barrett aiming to make Croydon proud
One of Croydon’s two remaining acts in X Factor has said she is aiming to make the town proud ahead of the second week of live shows.
Hannah Barrett, 17, of South Norwood, has won the hearts of many with her performances in the early rounds of the competition.
The Greggs worker has had a tough past after her dad died in 2006 from a heart attack.
She has also been living in special accommodation for teenagers over the past few years after her and her mum had a falling out.
The ex-Lanfranc pupil has wowed the judges though with a string of emotional performances which has often left the judges in tears.
Last week was the first of the live shows and also the first elimination stage which Hannah said was one of the most nerve racking experiences so far.
The 17-year-old has had to take it easy with her voice this week as she has a condition which means she is sick sometimes after she eats.
Miss Barrett said doctors and voice coaches have given her advice on how to look after her voice better and eat foods which are less likely to make her ill.
Speaking to the Croydon Guardian, she said: “It is crazy so far. It has been a really busy week getting our songs ready and stuff, it is all good fun I can tell you that.
“It was good but really intense last week as it was the first elimination round so you never know what is going to happen.
“Now that we have the new flash vote system the whole thing is not very predicable so it was pretty scary.
“It is such a relief to know you have got through but after a couple of days you start thinking I really don’t want to go home this week so the nerves come back again. The emotion never stops.
“I wasn’t as proud of my performance last week. I felt as though I was holding back a little bit which I was as my voice is only just coming back.
“I didn’t want to hurt it so I thought I would strip the performance back a bit more. I am my own biggest critic so I will continue to work on it.”
She added: “The voice is much better this week and I have been working with the voice coaches and doctors to sort it out.
“I have a condition where sometimes I throw up when I eat which hurts my vocal chords a bit so I am being careful with what type of foods I have and things.
“This Saturday I am looking forward to a lot. I have got a good connection with the song I am doing as the theme is love and heartache. I can relate with this theme really well.”
The young singer also said she is hoping to come back to Croydon soon, along with fellow Croydon act Rough Copy.
She said: “I really want to go back to Croydon soon as I really miss it. Hopefully I come back for a day with Rough Copy as we are from the same area.
“I see the Rough Copy boys all the time in the house, they are like my big older brothers as they look out for me all the time. So that is great.
“I am just working hard to do my best and hopefully I can make Croydon proud.”
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