X Factor 2014: Cheryl Cole gives Steph Nala advice on going solo

Steph Nala

X Factor's Stephanie Nala has revealed how she's got advice about going solo from Cheryl Cole.

Steph is one of six acts left in the Girls category, being mentored by former Girls Aloud singer Cheryl.

And it seems that the pair had something quite special to bond over after Steph went solo from BGT band the Luminites, who made the final of the ITV competition last year.

Speaking about going it alone, Steph said: "In my arena audition, I hadn't even thought about it because Cheryl's been so successful for so long by herself and I didn't even think about the fact she'd been in a band.

"But she said to me, 'I understand the pressure you're under because I was in a band and when I left, I hated it'. And it's true, I hated it at first."

Steph continued: "In my first audition I was so nervous. Simon was really shocked by how nervous I was. He didn't see that in me before. He only saw me being bubbly. And he realised what a massive knockback I'd had.”

On the pressure singing on stage alone now, Steph confessed: “It's really different because I had
people around me all the time before.

"Ben used to dance, Corey used to have his guitar rocking out, and JJ was sharing singing with me,
so the attention was elsewhere.

"I didn't really move when I was in the band. I used to be quite still. But as a soloist obviously you have to keep people entertained. So I found that hard."

The 20-ear-old added: "I found the pressure hard. If you mess up, only you mess up and nobody else. I'm sure Cheryl felt like that when she left Girls Aloud.

"There were fans of Girls Aloud who were watching what she did. How does she better that? It's quite hard."

The X Factor airs this Friday, Saturday and Sunday on ITV.

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