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Panto Interview


Many people will know you from The X Factor. How would you sum up that experience? It was a massive learning curve. You get to know yourself a lot and you are totally thrown into the deep end. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I took what I could out of it and had an amazing experience. The X Factor is a massive stepping stone to your career. It is a big platform.


Have you kept in contact with any of the contestants or any of the judges from the show? To tell you the truth, I haven’t.


Your platinum-selling album ‘Do It My Way’ has numerous Sinatra songs on it. What is it about Sinatra that captivates you so much? I always say that I was born in the wrong era! I look back at Sinatra and I just think he oozes cool. He always will. Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr – they were the blokes that guys wanted to be… not to mention the blokes that women wanted to be with! For me, Sinatra has a very glamorous side; showbiz and all that was very glamorous. I just love how cool he was and how much he got away with! The music is so well written and you can’t ever beat a big band. There are so many people out there that love it just like I do, which is why I put it on the album. If I can have even a little piece of Sinatra then I’m happy with that; nobody can take that away from me.


Is there a track on your album that you are most proud of? My favourite track on the album, not to mention my favourite song is Mr. Bonjangles. I asked to have that song on my album – everything else was chosen for me. I specifically asked for that track and they let me do it so I was very chuffed.


Do you find it hard to maintain a balance between your busy working life and family life? Sometimes it is hard. But to be honest, work is work for me, and when I get to work I do my job and do it right, and then when I leave and I’m on my way home, that’s my home time. I always make sure I get as much of that as I can. Family keeps you grounded. It is so important to have the people around you who love you the most. Family keep you willing to do more; you work hard for them. I think people get lost easily without family, but I will always be safe


”Panto is great because there is a real sense


that you get to know the local people and have some fun with them”


and determined knowing that I have my mum and dad, my wife and my little boy behind me. I see them as much as I can – they’re with me on tour at the moment.


Is there anything in particular you love about Bournemouth and Poole?


It is so different than being in Liverpool and London. Being by the sea is just so wonderful. It’s such a nice place for children to grow up – I really do believe that. I don’t mean that other places aren’t great for children to grow up, but I believe that Bournemouth and Poole offer that little bit of escapism. Sandbanks is just a luxury; there’s something very calming about the beach. It’s great for going on long walks with dogs and just generally spending quality time with those you love. If you go to the beach at the right time with a skateboard down the front, that is lovely too.


You are known for singing, dancing and acting. Of the three, which one means the most to you and which one do you think you’re best at? I can’t really put a finger on which one I enjoy the most; I get different things from each one. From dancing I get a lot of creative spark because it is a way of expressing feeling. Singing is more


about doing it right – there is a lot more thought that needs to go into that in case you sing off key, for example. Acting requires even more thought because you are trying to be someone else and become a character that you’re not necessarily used to playing. They all offer different challenges.


Do you get nervous before you perform? If you’re in theatre then yes of course. Jitters on opening night are totally normal, but then once you open, you’re alright. It’s a live audience and you only get one chance. TV is less nerve-racking I think because you get plenty more chances to get it right.


You won ‘Dancing On Ice’ back in 2009. Have you maintained your skating skills since the show? Not at all! I am trying to get fit at the moment though, because I have said yes to ‘Celebrities on Ice’ in Peterborough in January. My friend Chico as in ‘Chico Time!’ called me up recently and asked if I wanted to be involved. He said, ‘Ray, can you come on tour with us?’ and I said yes… So now I have to get fit for one day of skating! It sounds so exciting; a combination of live singing and skating.


Did you always dream of being a performer? Oh, absolutely. I started all this when I was three years old and then I got my first big job when I was aged eight on ‘Brookside.’ I did that for five years, and knowing I could make a living out of it struck a chord - I thought from a young age ‘I really want to do this.’


Did you find it difficult to deal with fame and attention from such a young age? There wasn’t really fame or attention from Brookside. It wasn’t crazy to begin with. I did get recognised but the dramatic change and people following me came after The X Factor. Working so hard when I was as young as I was and dealing with the hours I was doing, definitely prepared for me a lot of hard work as an adult. Back when I was on TV, there weren’t real restrictions for how many hours you could do; it was just about working until the job was done.


You can catch Ray Quinn in Aladdin at Lighthouse, Poole from Friday 07 December to Sunday 06 January 2013. For more information, visit www.lighthousepoole.co.uk or call 0844 406 8666 to book your tickets. You can follow Ray’s news on Twitter @therealRayQuinn.


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