For those of you who don't know me too well, I love music as well as listening to it and performing. Throughout my teen years, I'd taken part in the occasional festival or talent show, alongside my studies. However, I'd not taken part in a televised talent show before, so when the opportunity came along to enter the Greek X Factor, I went for it! (I'm really not a fan of 'what ifs' or setbacks, because I think failure is only ever achieved by doing nothing). And I'm so glad and grateful I did enter, because from 3000 applicants, I made it to the final 120.
I stopped myself from going into the process with the aim of winning or getting far in the contest. This is because - while it's great to have aims - I think it's unhealthy to have expectations. I'm a firm believer in the notion that everything always happens as it should and that equally, mostly everything happens for the best. I recently came across a quote that sums this up perfectly, which is: 'My heart is at ease, knowing that what was meant for me will never miss me, and what misses me was never meant for me.' With that in mind, I found myself feeling grateful for every stage of the contest, everything I had learnt, the friends I met and the trip in general.
Earlier this year, I had a couple of Skype auditions with the producers and casting directors of Skai, X Factor Greece's broadcasting company. I performed for them in both Greek and English and the long of the short of it was that they said they loved me and wanted to put me in front of the judges!
I travelled to Athens towards the end of March, to perform for the judges. It was so surreal to be there! The audition took place against a beautiful backdrop, at Plateia Nerou Falirou, a waterfront spot that's popular for festivals and events in Athens. After a couple of interviews and promotion videos, it was time for my audition! The vocal coach advised me to sing Duffy's Stepping Stone, a song that she had heard me rehearse earlier in the day. So I did! And I got a full-house, with four yeses from Tamta, Giorgios Papadopoulous, Babis Stokas and Giorgos Mazonakis. Around the audition, I had the chance to do some sightseeing, visiting the landmarks of the historically and culturally rich city. And then it was time to head back home.
Below are a few of my favourite memories in Athens. Have a look for part 2 of this post, which is all about my time at bootcamp.
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!