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X Factor star says her daughter will adore fairy panto costume

By su_carroll  |  Posted: December 20, 2013

By Clare Robinson


The X Factor's Jade Ellis and Tom Owen from Last of the Summer Wine

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The X Factor's Jade Ellis will be making her pantomime debut at Torquay's Princess Theatre playing a character quite different from the one she portrayed on the TV talent show.

"I'm playing Fairy Peapod," she giggles. "And I have a gorgeous costume, which is very Disney. Personally it's not really my style as I prefer something much more edgy but it's lovely and my daughter is going to adore it!"

The London singer was renowned on the show for sporting a variety of pretty far-out costumes, one in particular was futuristic and striking.

"It was very uncomfortable and took several people to get me in and out of it," she says. "This one is much easier to wear!"

Her six-year-old daughter, Caiden, is very excited at the prospect of her mum playing a fairy on stage, having been very proud of her performance on The X Factor.

"Any mum knows it's not easy leaving your child for any length of time, but to leave Caiden for so long was really hard. I don't regret it, though, we made up for lost time when I came out; the opportunities I've had would never have happened without it."

Jade was particularly brave to enter the show as she had never sung to a live audience.

"I'd never held a microphone before, but I'd practised loads in the bath and in my bedroom. I was sitting at home watching The X Factor one night and I just thought, why not, I'm going to give it a go."

Jade's stunning, soulful vocals, smiley, bubbly personality and stylish demeanour won her plenty of fans in the time she was on the show, as did her openness and honesty about her lesbian relationship.

"I never think about being any other than honest about it," she says. "After all it is very common in this business."

Popular as she was, Jade endured a controversial early exit, following a sing-off with boy band Union J.

"I would have loved to have made it to the finals," she says. "But I was pleased to have got so far in what was a particularly strong year. I'm not surprised James Arthur won, he was one of my top tips from the start."

She says the enormity of the whole thing only hit her later.

"You're holed up for all that time and it's only on leaving that you get a taste of the fans' reaction and suddenly have all these Facebook friends and 200,000 followers on Twitter!

"And I'm lucky I've never had any negative stuff," she says.

After the success of her powerful cover of I Need by Maverick Sabre, Jade has been working towards the release of an EP. Meanwhile she is thrilled to be branching out into acting. Jade will be sharing the stage with Stuart Wade, best known for playing Biff Fowler in Emmerdale, Last of the Summer Wine's Tom Owen, plus Caroline Barnes and Russ Spencer of Eurovision's Scooch.

Jack and The Beanstalk runs at the Princess Theatre Torquay until January 5.

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