X Factor's Ella Henderson has the Look of a real star
THE live shows have yet to start, but already North East Lincolnshire's X Factor hopefuls have been getting a taste of the celebrity lifestyle.
From TV and radio appearances, to meeting celebrities and gracing the pages of the UK's hottest magazines – it's been a whirlwind week for Tetney's Ella Henderson and Cleethorpes-born Micky Parsons.
As reported, the talented pair will be singing for your votes for the first time this Saturday – with Ella representing Tulisa's girls and Micky and the rest of boy band GMD3, performing as one of Louis Walsh's final three groups.
During the show, Micky and his band mates will also be revealing which of the thousands of names suggested by their fans they will be adopting – after the boys said they were sick of having it "confused with GMTV".
And, despite having a gruelling schedule of rehearsals and training, the talented teenagers have also been packing in interviews and photo shoots galore.
On Tuesday, it was an early start for Ella, as she joined her fellow contestants Lucy Spraggan, 21, from Derbyshire, and London mum Jade Ellis, 25, as they headed off for a glamorous make-over and interview with Look magazine.
The popular weekly magazine's acting assistant editor, Gemma Calvert, said: "Having the exclusive first interviews and shoot with Tulisa's girls was a fantastic coup for Look.
"They were all amazing in front of the camera and you can see instantly that they're all so close. It's the start of an exciting journey for all three and we're thrilled to have shared a bit of it with them."
Ella, 16 – who was given a stunning sixties look – showed that all the attention hasn't gone to her head, chatting freely about her issues with body confidence and why she believes that having her heart broken will help her songwriting. She told Look: "I know exactly what I want to do and who I want to be.
"I'm not very body confident, so I told the show about my insecurities and listed things I wouldn't do. I won't get my legs out on TV because I don't like them."
She added: "I haven't been in a proper relationship. It sounds weird, but I can't wait to fall in love and be heartbroken because I know I write the best songs when I feel strong emotions."
And there was no rest the following day, as the girls had back-to-back appearances on Daybreak and This Morning, where Ella discovered for the first time that she is the bookies' favourite to win. According to oddschecker.com, her best current odds are 11/8 – her closest rival is Jahmene Douglas – one of Nicole Scherzinger's boys – who has odds of 6 to 1. GMD3 are trailing in 8th place, with odds of 12/1.
Ella said: "I didn't know that. Singing is just something I have always done.
"I have always loved to stand up and just perform – whether that's on stage or in front of my family."
Tulisa then rushed them off to appear on Radio One's Greg James' show. Meanwhile, GMD3 have been speaking to Now magazine about their musical influences – and how Micky's bandmate Dan has his eye on Ella! He told the magazine the pair had watched The Exorcism of Emily Rose together, adding: "It wasn't very romantic".
However, Micky – who said the group aimed to "take old school music and make it up-to-date" – chipped in: "It's a good one for cuddling up close though, isn't it?"
He added that the toughest part of the experience he, Dan and Greg had faced, had been being away from home, adding: "Luckily, we get our laundry done for us."
They have also proved a big hit with the ladies – who have formed '3eeks' fan clubs across the globe and are in regular Twitter contact with the boys, begging them to "notice them". And Micky is happy to oblige, tweeting back: "You've been noticed #lovemy3eeks"
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. The boys' interview with NOW can also be read in this week's edition.