As The X Factor live shows kick off on Saturday night, controversial rapper Honey G is determined to be taken seriously…
She’s the act that’s divided opinion on this year’s X Factor, but as rapper Honey G gears up to perform on the first live show this Saturday, she vows to silence the haters and prove she’s the real deal…
Well done on getting through to the X Factor live shows. How are you feeling, especially after initially being eliminated at the Six Chair Challenge?
“I’ve been on a roller-coaster journey really; after getting knocked out of the competition I can’t believe I’m now through to the live shows. I’m so pleased that my mentor, Sharon Osbourne, changed her mind and decided to bring me back. It’s made me believe that, in life, nothing is impossible.”
Honey G was rejected at the Six-Chair Challenge – but then won a spot a Judges’ Houses when another contestant couldn’t obtain a visa to travel to LA
You are very different to the acts we normally see on The X Factor. What do you think you’ll bring to the competition?
“I’m a rap music artist and a natural born musician and performer – I’ve been promoting urban music from a very young age. I’m not coming onto The X Factor to perform pop songs, that’s not me – my aim is to raise awareness of urban music and hip-hop.”
Your inclusion in this year’s X Factor final 12 has certainly caused quite a stir, particularly on Twitter, with many people suggesting you’re a ‘joke’ act, who doesn’t deserve a place in the competition. What would you say to them?
“I know some people have been saying they don’t think I’m real and that I’m a prank that’s been set up by the producers, but those haters need to check themselves because I AM the finished article.
“I might not have the most amazing voice but I’m a heavyweight rapper, singer and producer and I write my own lyrics, so I’ve got real skills to bring to the table. To be regarded as a joke is really insulting.”
Sharon’s final three Over 25s: L-R – Saara Aalto and Relley C and Honey G (Pic: Syco/Thames TV)
How are you feeling about performing live for the first time this Saturday? Are you anxious about facing the public vote?
“The competition this year is fierce; there are a lot of very talented singers, so I don’t know how I’m going to stand up against them and whether I’m going to get lots of people at home voting for me. I have no idea how it’s going to go – but I’m hoping I can win the public over.”
Can you give us any teasers about your performance on Saturday night?
“I can’t say anything about the song, unfortunately. But I would like to deliver a track that’s gonna make the hairs on the backs of peoples’ necks stand up. I want to make sure the song is guaranteed to be a success.”
What’s Sharon been like as a mentor? Was there any awkwardness when you first came back after she’d previously rejected you at the Six-Chair Challenge?
“Sharon’s been wonderful – I love her to bits. I haven’t got to know her like a friend yet, but we’ve had a couple of chats and it’s all good. Things could have been awkward when I came back but my mission, basically, was to rekindle that relationship very quickly and turn it into a positive. I’ve always been good at that.”
Honey G will have to impress X Factor judges Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Simon Cowell – but can she win over the public?
You do seem so positive but it was recently reported that you were the victim of a car-jacking and serious assault many years ago. What impact has the incident had on your life?
“The attack has had a massive impact on my life. It’s affected everything I do, I still have to live with the pain and I have struggled to cope since because I now suffer with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Being on The X Factor has really boosted my morale.”
Has your ordeal given you the fighting spirit to pursue a career in the music industry? And what would it mean to you to win The X Factor?
“I’ve always had that fighting spirit and I would love to win The X Factor – to get a multi-million pound deal in the music industry would be amazing and is exactly what I’m looking for. I want to sell records globally – I’ve definitely got what it takes to be the next Jay Z!”
Whatever happens, we’ve heard that another renowned rapper, Snoop Dogg, has already said he wants to work with you…
“I know! To hear that was so exciting. He hasn’t contacted me directly, but I’ve responded through the press – I’d definitely love to work with Snoop!”
The X Factor live shows begin on Saturday, October 8 at 8pm on ITV.
Watch Honey G’s X Factor audition: