A NEW series of club nights are giving under 18s in Sunderland the chance to hit the dancefloor. X Factor starlet Rachel Adedeji will help to launch the inaugural event at The Point, on Holmeside. We caught up with the singer about life post-Britain’s biggest TV show.
RACHEL Adedeji is giving something back to Wearside teens who picked up the phone to help her chase her dream.
Thanks to X Factor voters, the 19-year-old finished 9th in the 2009 series of X Factor which was eventually won by Rachel’s now close friend Joe McElderry.
Far from immediately cashing in on her X Factor success, she’s been holed away in the studio, perfecting her debut single.
With Follow the DJ in the bag and due for release, she’s hitting the road to promote the single and meet her fans who helped to keep her in the hit ITV show, which she’s dubbed as life-changing experience.
She said: “I’m looking forward to coming to Sunderland, I played there last year. I live in London so I love being able to travel around the country and see new places.
“I’m really enjoying promoting the single. I get half-way through the song and people are singing away.”
As well as performing her debut single, Rachel will be signing autographs and posing for pictures with the audience at Outbreak, the first in a series of Nee Bubble Gumm Parties, which are club nights specifically for under 18s.
This will be the first in a series of Nee Bubble Gumm events to be held across the North East, all of which will be open exclusively to young people aged 12-17.
Despite her fellow X Factor alumni Joe McElderry and Olly Murs releasing a number of singles since the show, Rachel, who was eliminated in week four, wanted to bide her time and wait for the right song.
She said: “After the show I was performing a lot. Then I went over to Sweden to work with song writers and producers. We wanted to get down to business and make hits.
“Even before X Factor I was doing musical theatre and I’ve always been versatile with my singing. But I love dancy pop and being able to feed off the energy of the audience.”
The talented teenager says that she’s enjoyed being able to take her time over her song after the whirlwind of the X Factor.
“Everything happens so fast with the X Factor,” she said. “You find out you are on the live shows, then you move into the house, then you’re performing every week.”
Rachel also keeps in contact with judge and mentor Danni Minogue.
“People think the judges just support you on the show,” she said. “But I was just speaking to Danni the other day, she will tweet about where I’m performing. She’s such a great lady.”