Q&A

Samantha Jade on Kylie, karaoke and why she’d love to do Euro­vi­sion.

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents - In­ter­view by STEPHANIE SQUADRITO

Your fel­low The X Fac­tor alumni Dami Im and Isa­iah have done well at Euro­vi­sion. Do you have plans to fol­low in their foot­steps? Of course, if I were asked I wouldn’t say no. It’s such an hon­our to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia on that Euro­pean stage. I didn’t get to see it this year be­cause we were on tour, but I Googled Isa­iah’s per­for­mance and he was amaz­ing. I love it; I love the cos­tumes and the drama of it all. Be­fore you won The X Fac­tor in 2012, you tried to break into the US mar­ket. Would you ever try again? No, I don’t think I’d want to. It was a very tough sit­u­a­tion. I had some re­ally bad peo­ple in my in­ner cir­cle, who I had no idea were bad. It’s left a big scar, so LA is just a hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion for me now. Do you look back on that pe­riod with anger? I did for a long time. Then when I lost my mum [to cancer in 2014], it put ev­ery­thing into per­spec­tive. I thought, “You can’t do this to your­self, as they’re walk­ing around bliss­fully un­aware and you’re an­gry and it’s bad for your health.” When you moved back from the US, you worked at your dad’s mining fac­tory. At that point, did you think you would have this suc­cess? No way. I had com­pletely given up and went through a phase where I couldn’t even lis­ten to the ra­dio. Be­ing an artist, mu­sic is what you live, breathe and eat. So to go from that to work­ing in a ware­house in hi-vis and steel-capped boots was like, “Where is my life go­ing?” It was tough; I didn’t think I’d re­cover. But the thing about life is that you al­ways do re­cover. You played Kylie Minogue in the 2014 minis­eries Never Tear Us Apart: The Un­told Story Of INXS, but had never met her. Have you bumped into her yet? I still haven’t met her! Can you be­lieve it? She gave me tick­ets to her con­cert, so I’ve seen her per­form. But I haven’t met her in the flesh. I’ve met Dan­nii [Minogue] and she’s so lovely. She texts me and is such a sup­porter. She’s al­ways like, “We need to make this hap­pen!” So, it’ll hap­pen one day. What’s your go-to karaoke song? I’ve never done karaoke. My friends al­ways want to, but be­cause I’m a singer it’s not fun – it’s my job. But if I was go­ing to, I’d sing ‘You’re The Voice’ by John Farn­ham. Do you have an on­stage al­ter ego, like Bey­oncé’s Sasha Fierce? I do. I’m ac­tu­ally re­ally shy if I’m not per­form­ing. If I go to a magic show or some­thing and they ask for vol­un­teers, I would never put my hand up. I’d be look­ing down at my phone think­ing, “Please don’t choose me.” I’m dif­fer­ent on­stage be­cause it’s my job to make th­ese peo­ple happy. Even in my mu­sic videos, I look back and I’m like, “Who is that?” It’s you, but you just switch on, you do it, you switch off. You’re about to launch your sec­ond cosmetics line with Mod­els Pre­fer. What’s one of your ear­li­est make-up mem­o­ries? My mum was a girly girl, and she used to give me her old make-up to play dress-ups with. I re­mem­ber us­ing her lip­stick when I was five, get­ting to the door and Mum go­ing, “God, we need to take that off be­fore we go out.” Samantha Jade’s new sin­gle ‘Cir­cles On The Wa­ter’ is out now through Sony Mu­sic Aus­tralia. Samantha Jade For Mod­els Pre­fer launches in Price­line on June 22.

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