Cricklewood X Factor finalist Lauren Murray: ‘I never expected to get this far’
PUBLISHED: 17:10 12 November 2015 | UPDATED: 17:13 12 November 2015
A dental receptionist from Cricklewood has told the Times she never expected to become one of nine finalists on the X Factor singing competition.
Lauren Murray has returned home for a while to adjust to her new life following her success on the reality television programme.
She spoke exclusively to the Times at The Balcombe Dental Practice in Mill Hill, accompanied by her mother Debbie and younger sister Ashleigh where the tight-knit family all work.
The 26-year-old said: “I haven’t left the competition I’ve just left the house for a little bit because it is a bit crazy and it’s going to take time to adjust as it’s a little bit overwhelming.
“At the beginning confidence was a big issue. I honestly never expected to get this far. I was just a receptionist at a dentist and now my whole life has completely really changed but it’s been a really good experience.
“To do all of this and do the performances and everything else, I just need time to adjust. For now I’m just at home for a while. I’m there every day I just sleep at home.”
Last weekend two of her closest friends on the programme, Keira Weathers and Seann Miley Moore were voted off the show.
Their departure and the fact that Ms Murray was struggling to sleep in the house finalised her decision to move out albeit temporary.
She said: “Sunday Kiera Weathers left and me and her were like sisters, we were in the same category and I was really devastated. Sean Miley Moore, I was really close to him and he left.
“Now I’m really close to Che Chesterton and he’s one of the favourites to win so I really hope he does well.”
Ms Murray is being mentored by singer Rita Ora, as she fights her way to the final in five week’s time. Simon Cowell, singer Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw, head the other groups as all contestants are pitched against one another with the public having the final vote.
She said: “It’s so different to what I’m used to. I used wake up and come in here, answer the phone and do filing, and now I’m performing at Wembley in front of loads of people and being on TV and people are watching me on one of the biggest programmes on TV so it’s crazy.”
A former pupil of St Agnes RC Primary School in Thoverton Road, Cricklewood, Ms Murray’s life was turned upside down when her 36-year-old father died suddenly when she was 11.
It triggered years of depression which led to her being hospitalised.
“I think all the experiences I’ve been through in my life, everything happens for a reason. That has been to build me up for this because you do need a thick skin. For all the nice comments you get you do get nasty comments,” she said.
“As much there are good things there are bad things that come along with it, it’s just how you learn to deal with it.”
She added: “Whatever happens from now I’ll be proud of myself because there’s nothing else I can do, it’s in the public’s hand right now so I hope that everyone votes for me and everyone keeps supporting me. I’ve had so many nice messages from people.
“I’d just like to say thanks to everyone who has voted for me.
“The support has been amazing.”
X Factor is on Saturday at 8pm on ITV.
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