‘Before I go on stage, I go over my steps and my lyrics. I also jump up and down a little bit to get energised,’ reveals Marcus.
He’s delighted to be in Gary Barlow’s ‘boys’ category with fellow Liverpool lad Craig. ‘We’ve been best buddies since Boot Camp.’
Marcus is also good mates with Manchester singer Misha B. ‘We’re both from up north so travel home together.’
‘Little Mix are hilarious,’ laughs the cheerful 23-year-old. ‘They do so many voices and are just so silly!’
Here’s Janet in wardrobe. Marcus is a big fan of the old-school style of clothing he wears on the show. ‘I’ve got a strong look,’ says the former hairdresser.
Kitty Brucknell has her make-up applied. ‘They don’t put much on me,’ admits Marcus.
The make-up team keep notes on everybody’s look, including these for Janet Devlin. It even recommends lip colour to match her hair.
Gary poses with Craig. ‘Before we go on stage we do a Team Barlow chant. We try to support each other,’ says Marcus.
Finally, it’s showtime and the end of another busy week of preparation. Says Marcus: ‘On Monday, I catch up with Gary to choose my song, then we spend our time in rehearsals.’
It’s judgement day as Kelly, Louis, Tulisa and Gary get ready to have their say. Someone will be a hero but, sadly, somebody else will end up a zero…