Star-stud­ded time for Suzy on X Fac­tor duty

Evening Express (City Final) - - News - BY LEE MCCANN

AN ABERDEEN woman to­day told of her de­light of meet­ing one of her favourite pop stars af­ter work­ing on the lat­est episode of the X Fac­tor.

Nail tech­ni­cian Suzy Mid­dle­ton, from Bridge of Don, said she had a fan­tas­tic time trav­el­ling to Lon­don to help the con­tes­tants look their best for the live show. The mum of two works for Ispiro Estet­ica Hair and Beauty on School­hill and as an ed­u­ca­tor for Nail Har­mony UK. In 2016 Suzy had trav­elled to the Foun­tain Stu­dios in Lon­don to help stars such as Sharon Os­bourne and Ni­cole Scherzinger look their best for the tal­ent show. How­ever, X Fac­tor now takes place in the LH2 Stu­dios in the cap­i­tal, where Suzy met Take That star and An­gels singer Rob­bie Wil­liams. She said: “I had trav­elled down on the Fri­day and was work­ing on the show on the Satur­day. We were get­ting a chance to see all the live re­hearsals and dress re­hearsals and peo­ple were com­ing and go­ing. “I got the chance to meet and speak with Rob­bie which was just amaz­ing, he was so nice. I was a lit­tle starstruck, he was so busy but he stopped and chat­ted away to my col­league and I. “She was from Stoke-on­trent – the same as him – so they were chat­ting about that. We got a pic­ture, I’m a big fan, go­ing back to the Take That days. “He is away in con­cert, so we weren’t even sure if he was go­ing to be there or not.” As well as meet­ing one of her favourite pop­stars, Suzy was also tasked with mak­ing sure con­tes­tants were happy with their nails for the live shows. She added: “The stu­dio, LH2, where they film the shows, is ac­tu­ally a lot smaller than you ex­pect. “The stage is huge and there are cam­eras ev­ery­where cov­er­ing ev­ery pos­si­ble an­gle. The judges are in and out when their acts are re­hears­ing.” Suzy worked on a num­ber of this year’s con­tes­tants, in­clud­ing Shan Ako, a num­ber of mem­bers from the band Unite Vibe and Scar­lett Lee. Scar­lett had a trau­matic week be­fore the live show, when she needed hospi­tal treat­ment af­ter help­ing her brother’s fam­ily es­cape a fire in their mo­bile home on Mon­day. Suzy said: “All the con­tes­tants were re­ally chatty and were speak­ing away to ev­ery­one help­ing do nails and ask­ing about our lives. “Scar­lett was re­ally nice and was happy to let us choose her nails, but we wanted to check what she was wear­ing. “She’s young, trendy and quirky so we had to make sure we didn’t give her any­thing too old. She had fake acrylics put on.”

Suzy with Rob­bie Wil­liams and some of the boys from United Vibe, Dal­ton Har­ris and Scar­lett Lee

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