X Factor's Fleur East: "The past 10 years, I've been holding myself back"

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Finalist Fleur East has set her sights on winning The X Factor this weekend, claiming up until now she has been "holding herself back" while trying to make it in the music business.

Determined to give a performance "bigger and better" than ever before while on stage at Wembley Arena on Saturday, Fleur admitted she is hoping to be crowed the X Factor winner.

"I need to go all the way," she admitted. "It would mean the last ten years have finally meant something."

Fleur East performs in Walthamstow, London
10 December


Since her performance of 'Bang Bang' at judges' houses, Fleur has become a front runner in the competition, and has even been dubbed the favourite to take the title.

But, insisting she hasn't been letting herself think too far ahead, the X Factor hopeful revealed she had set herself different goals throughout the competition.

She said: "It's funny, first my goal was to get to judges' houses, then it was to get to the live shows, then I wanted to get past week one, and now I'm in the final.

"I'm not going to lie, the next goal is obviously to win. It would be a huge achievement."

Hungry for success, Fleur has made no secret of the fact she has been trying to make it as a performer for quite some time - even reaching the first week of the X Factor live shows with girl group Addictive Ladies back in 2005.

But, why does she think she hasn't yet made it?

Speaking at a press conference ahead of this weekend's final, Fleur said: "I've been holding myself back a lot. And, I think for the past ten years, that's why things didn't happen.

"But, through this experience, I've learnt to let go and not worry so much about what other people think. Once I embraced that, that's when things really changed for me."

The X Factor 2014 finalists - Ben Haenow, Fleur East, Andrea Faustini - 10 Dec 2014

© Twitter / @TheXFactor

As the final three - Fleur, Ben Haenow and Andrea Faustini - go head to head for the X Factor crown, the trio were asked if they were concerned that some acts from the show have gone on to do better than the actual winner sometimes.

Suggesting some winners are more destined for success, the 26-year-old said: "To go through this whole process and get a record contract at the end of it, that's just huge. But, I think it honestly depends on who they are.

"Leona Lewis she knew what she wanted to do, her voice was just incredible and she just skyrocketed. Alexandra Burke has done really well and Little Mix have done amazingly too.

"I do think every winner has done what they needed to do with the platform, I just think it depends on who wins."

Fleur East performs Uptown Funk on X Factor performance, ITV
6 December

© YouTube / The X Factor UK

One person that thinks Fleur definitely has what it takes is Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

Claiming she is an all-rounder, Cheryl picked Fleur as her winner of this year's X Factor series.

"I don't think we've ever had anybody like [Fleur] before," Cheryl said. "She can sing, dance and rap - the whole shebang."

But, will the public think the same? We'll soon find out!

The X Factor final begins this Saturday 13 December at 8.30pm on ITV.

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