GIRL GROUP WOWS THE JUDGES
Singer thrilled as Alien wows judges – even Simon Cowell
A RUISLIP teen is rehearsing seven days a week after her girl group – Alien – blew Simon Cowell away at the X Factor auditions.
Rock group Alien made their mark on the show, aired on September 5, receiving a standing ovation from Cowell and the other three judges and a unanimous ‘yes’ to the next round, after performing their version of Black Eyed Peas’ Pump It.
Band member Frank Arens, 17, who lives in Ruislip with her parents is ‘really excited’ about the X Factor, having performed from the age of three.
She said: “I went to a little dance school in Ruislip called Sole Performing Arts from the age of three until 15/16 and that got me into it.
“I always loved doing it and that’s what I looked forward to on the weekends – always going there. I knew that that’s what I wanted to.”
Frank had just finished her first year studying music production at Access to Music College, in Stratford, when the auditions began.
New X-Factor judge Nick Grimshaw dubbed the group ‘the Spice Girls from Mars’ and presenter Olly Murs said they were ‘out of this world’.
Frank said: “It was the best feeling ever! I don’t think we’ve ever experienced anything as amazing as that. A standing ovation from all four judges! It was just incredible.
“I don’t think we expected it so it was more of a shock!
“We’re literally rehearsing seven days a week, all the time and just working really hard for the next stage.”
All six members of Alien come from dance backgrounds and have their own influences and style.
Frank added: “We all get inspired by a lot of different people because we’re all quite individual in ourselves.
“I get inspired by different people for different reasons such as fashion and music. I prefer to be an individual rather than copying anyone else.”
Frank, who has two sisters and a brother, has received lots of support since the audition.
She added: “Friends and family have all been messaging me saying: ‘I saw you on TV, it was amazing!’
“Everyone’s been so nice and really supportive. Even people that we don’t know have been messaging us saying the group are amazing.”
n WORKING HARD: 17-year-old Frank Arens from Ruislip learned her stagecraft at Sole Performing Arts
n PUMP IT: Frank Arens (right) with band Alien who received a standing ovation from the X Factor judges