Fleur East feels pressure to pick the right songs

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 22 November 2014
Fleur East

Fleur East

Fleur East has confessed she is feeling the pressure on 'The X Factor' as her mentor Simon Cowell lets her choose all of her own songs

Fleur East feels "pressure" because Simon Cowell lets her make her own decisions.

The 'X Factor' hopeful feels lucky that her mentor allows her to play a big part in selecting her performances each week, but as a result she knows it is her responsibility if things go wrong.

She said: "There have been a few weeks where other contestants have maybe complained about songs, but Simon always asks me.

"I feel a lot of pressure because, if it doesn't go well, it's on my shoulders, but at the same time I wouldn't leave with

any regrets.

"For instance, he thought the lift in the 'Thriller' performance was too much but I wanted to push myself so he said, 'OK,

if you're comfortable, you're the one on stage.'

"You need to earn his trust. Each time I overcome a challenge I feel like he trusts me a little bit more."

While Fleur is thankful for Simon's support, she initially wanted Cheryl Fernandez-Versini as her mentor.

She added to OK! magazine: "Initially I did want Cheryl, she was the only one backing me from the start.

"But now I've got Simon, I'm really happy and don't think I'd want anyone else.

"He's not a performer, but he knows what people want and what record labels want. That's what I need to hear. He

allows me to be myself - the singer I'd be outside the competition."

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