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went off stage to see my auntie/mum to give her a hug – it’s like, did I really get through? Everything about The X Factor was just so beautiful.

Have you been in contact with your mentor Kelly Rowland lately? When she was down for the Glamour Awards. We just missed each other, cos as she was coming out, I was going in. We’re going to link up soon.

Maybe a Misha B/Kelly collabo? Who knows? [Laughs]

A lot of X Factor contestants have gone on to success and others have flopped. Does it worry you? I don’t really like to look at other people’s journeys because I’ll lose focus on where I’m going. As long as I’m happy in myself, what visually may seem like success to others may not seem like success in my life.


With her stunning and infectious reggae-tinged debut single, the 20- year-old singer is one of the most original artists to emerge in recent times. Flavour Ed Annika Allen chats with Misha B about Missy Elliott, confidence and sprinting...

Tell us about your new single. ‘Home Run’ started from a song I wrote, a sad song, but me and MNEK [a rising producer] decided to get fresh, fun and relatable with it. Everyone’s been in the situation where that fine guy’s caught their eye and got them feeling excited and doing things you’ve never done before; a little bit gassed! [Laughs]

What do you look for in a guy? Personality, leadership, a mind of their own, not afraid to stand out from the crowd, happy, fun and driven.

The single’s got a bit of a reggae flavour and you can dance to it. I’ve always had a Jamaican influence because of my grandparents, my birth mum and all my family. Where I live in Manchester, Moss Side, it’s got a big Caribbean community so it’s inevitable my music has that flavour.

Our favourite X Factor contestant

What can we expect from your album? When’s it out? We’re still making it. I wouldn’t say it’s going to have one specific genre. It’s gonna have a touch of everything and will be out later this year.

During The X Factor Missy Elliott tweeted kind words to you – do you want to work with her? Definitely. When I look at my forefront inspirations, she’s one of them and it would be an honour to work with her. Her music is timeless, she’s a legend.

How does your family feel about your success? Very excited, very supportive and very proud. One thing I’ve learnt is away from music and everything, it’s family that matter most. They’re 100 per cent with you and keep you grounded. Like my mum (I call my auntie that raised me my mum), three things she always reminds me are: focus; keep your feet on the ground; and never lose sight of where you’re going and who you are.

Favourite X Factor moment? My first audition when I got through. Everything stopped for a moment; I

Do you have an exercise regime? I exercise daily by walking but I also exercise at least three times a week. Water’s my favourite drink – strange, I know. It makes me feel so good. I eat fruit and veg. Sometimes I have off days where I’m not feeling great and I’m like, ‘Mum, can I have some chicken and macaroni?’ Just mind what you eat, don’t eat too much of the same thing and eat regularly.

What’s your favourite exercise? Running. I used to be a sprinter. I still sprint but not as good as I used to be!

Are you ever afraid?

Always. Fear is a part of my daily regime. Without fear we’d never do anything. Fear is what motivates me.

You exude confidence... Confidence is key, but also an illusion. Sometimes I’m smiling, but because I’m shy and embarrassed. My smile has become my mask. I am a genuinely a happy person. Confidence grows over time. I suffered from stage fright for two years. Overcoming my fear was one of my biggest accomplishments – by busking in Manchester City Centre. I remember coming back from school, going into town and seeing George Sampson (Britain’s Got Talent) dancing and thinking, wow, amazing. He inspired me and look where he is now – living out his dreams.

Do you have a motto you live by? Life is what you make it. You control your own destiny. It’s all determined by your attitude towards it.

‘Home Run’ is out July 15 Follow Misha B on Twitter @IamMishaB Thanks to


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