Yvie Bur­nett ‘ The X Fac­tor Was The Best Ex­pe­ri­ence’......

Yvie Bur­nett went from Aberdeen to Hol­ly­wood after work­ing with some of show­biz’s big­gest su­per­stars. After re­leas­ing her first book, she shares her jour­ney...

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Iwould say singing chose me rather than I chose singing. At school I was al­ways very good at languages and I wanted to be an in­ter­preter as learn­ing languages just came very nat­u­rally to me, but I al­ways had this voice and peo­ple just kept ask­ing me to sing. I al­ways felt like my par­ents would have been very happy for me to go to univer­sity and do languages but I couldn’t not be a singer. I started work­ing as a soloist opera singer, so I worked all over the place do­ing that.

Even­tu­ally I had a chance meeting with Louis Walsh and landed my­self a job as a vo­cal coach on The X Fac­tor.

My chil­dren were young at the time, so it felt right to have a job in Lon­don rather than trail­ing off to do opera singing. There was no look­ing back from there – it be­came a ca­reer rather than just a one off job.

Get­ting my job at The X Fac­tor hap­pened com­pletely by chance.

My hus­band works in the mu­sic in­dus­try so he knew Louis Walsh and Louis had men­tioned that they were look­ing for a new vo­cal coach for the show so my hus­band told him that I could teach singing. Louis said he would phone me to ar­range a meeting and sure enough, he did ex­actly that. When my hus­band told me that Louis Walsh was go­ing to phone me my ini­tial thought was, ‘Yeah right, you’re wind­ing me up!’.

Louis and I be­came best mates – we ab­so­lutely hit it off from day one.

We shared a dress­ing room at The X Fac­tor and we al­ways gig­gled. To this day, we’re just such good friends. Louis felt that I was right for the job be­cause I re­ally knew about how to use your voice rather than some­one who’s just had a wee bit of ex­pe­ri­ence in singing. I think with Louis, he has so many phrases that he uses and peo­ple think that’s just a bit of fun and maybe all he knows. But in fact, Louis’ knowl­edge of singing and se­lect­ing the right songs for some­one’s voice, and es­sen­tially the mu­sic busi­ness, is hon­estly se­cond to none. He’s an in­cred­i­bly suc­cess­ful man­ager and has made a lot of money from what he does.

When I was work­ing on The X Fac­tor, the show was re­ally in its prime. It was a time when ev­ery­one would talk about it, there was just such a buzz around it.

I would be on the tube in Lon­don and peo­ple would al­ways ask me who I thought would go out or win the show. I was right in the mid­dle of this big bub­ble when it was the most ex­cit­ing show on tele­vi­sion.

I must say, I en­joyed ev­ery minute of work­ing on a show like The X Fac­tor.

I never lost that ex­cite­ment of walk­ing back­stage and hear­ing the count­down that we were about to go live to mil­lions of peo­ple. I never lost the spark or the adren­a­line of work­ing there – it was hon­estly the best time of my life. I ap­pre­ci­ated ev­ery mo­ment I spent there, I never look back and think ‘Oh it was just a job’. It was to­tally amaz­ing but it was hard work some­times and I don’t know if peo­ple re­alise how much work truly goes into cre­at­ing a show like it. I al­ways said to the con­tes­tants, ‘You sing and I’ll worry’, and wor­ry­ing along­side coach­ing meant I was of­ten ex­hausted, but it was also ex­hil­a­rat­ing.

I grew very close to Sharon Os­bourne, as well as Louis, dur­ing my time on the show.

The thing with Sharon is, she is such a loyal per­son – if you’re her friend, you’re her friend for life. Olly Murs and Stacey Solo­man were two of the con­tes­tants I was par­tic­u­larly close to while I was there. I just loved work­ing with them and they prove that it pays to be nice. I par­tic­u­larly liked work­ing with peo­ple such as Leona Lewis and Alexan­dra Burke, to see them grow and be­come su­per­stars was amaz­ing. You can’t beat work­ing with truly talented peo­ple. I went through a lot with those con­tes­tants and look at them now, they’ve all gone on to do such amaz­ing things. Shows like The X Fac­tor can open so many doors.

I’m not go­ing to name any names but dur­ing my time work­ing on talent shows you do work with some dif­fi­cult di­vas.

Quite of­ten, if you are a diva then that shines through to the pub­lic and you don’t last long any­way.

I do think talent shows can be harder for you when you’re classed as a ‘joke act’.

They are of­ten viewed as en­ter­tain­ment value, which isn’t a neg­a­tive. It just means not only do they have to pro­vide a strong vo­cal per­for­mance but they are ex­pected to put on a huge pro­duc­tion for view­ers. They def­i­nitely have a harder time than any­one else on the show!

My time on The X Fac­tor came to an end quite nat­u­rally.

Si­mon Cow­ell wanted to shake things up and rein­vent it, which he’s very good at. They changed every­body and ev­ery­thing, in­clud­ing me as the vo­cal coach. I was go­ing through a re­ally bad year at the time, my mum had died and I found my­self very emo­tional. So when I was told they didn’t want me to do it any­more, I was re­ally up­set by that – I took it per­son­ally.

Si­mon asked me to come back to the show as my re­place­ment wasn’t work­ing, but it just didn’t feel the same for me.

In hind­sight, I should have just ended on a high. I was pretty ex­hausted and in ret­ro­spect I should prob­a­bly have said I was go­ing to take a break for a year. I could have went back with a fresh mind­set and ready to take on a new chal­lenge. There was no big row and I would never say never about mak­ing a re­turn.

The best male singer I’ve ever worked with is Sam Smith, he’s my favourite.

He un­der­stands his own in­cred­i­ble voice and sings so pas­sion­ately, so those two things com­bined re­ally help to make a star. Not only that but he’s re­ally nice too, one of the nicest peo­ple to work with ac­tu­ally. I like work­ing with peo­ple who are nice and ap­pre­cia­tive of you.

I also re­ally loved work­ing with Ni­cole Scherzinger, she has the whole pack­age and def­i­nitely doesn’t get enough credit.

Peo­ple see Ni­cole as an all-rounder but her voice is un­real – I’ve worked with her on big diva tracks and on clas­si­cal stuff, noth­ing fazes her. And she’s a re­ally, re­ally hard worker.

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It’s an un­pop­u­lar opin­ion, but I don’t think there’s a greater pres­sure on fe­males within the show­biz in­dus­try to look good.

Pres­sure is less­en­ing for women in this in­dus­try as time goes on. There is more room now for quirky and out of the box acts, whereas there never used to be.

I have never thought to my­self, ‘I’ve made it’.

In my job, I’m al­ways think­ing about what I can do next to bet­ter my­self, or my ca­reer. I think that’s part of be­ing self-em­ployed – you never know where your next job will come from so you’re al­ways striv­ing. I also think it’s a bit of Scot­tish thing.

Peo­ple may as­sume I live a glam­orous life, but I don’t at all!

I al­ways say I get the best of both worlds. I get to pop in and see what it’s like for the A-lis­ters and spend some time with them, but I also get to close the door on that world and go home to clean­ing the kitchen floor. The only thing ex­trav­a­gant about my life is my shoe col­lec­tion – I say I’m not glam­orous but if you opened my wardrobe to all those shoes, you might ac­tu­ally think other­wise!

I think pres­sure is less­en­ing for women in the show­biz in­dus­try as time goes on.

Yvie says Sam Smith is the best male singer she’s ever worked with...

Yes You Can Sing by Yvie Bur­nett, out now, RRP 14.99, John Blake Pub­lish­ing.

Louis Walsh helped land her a job on The X Fac­tor...

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