Many finalists of singing competitions have gotten lost in “translation” but this one has been “emerged” through the stormy British version of X-Factor and made it through even after he came runner-up to girl band Little Mix in the show’s final in 2011.
At the age of 30, he has managed to accomplish so many things; in 2012, he released his self-titled debut album, in 2013 he joined the UK tour of “Hairspray” and in addition, he appeared in the musical “Kinky Boots” while later on he joined the theatrical A Capella touring show “Gobsmacked” -that redefines the limits of the human voice- alongside Nick Hayes, Ed Scott and Joanne Evans.
But who could possibly be behind all these achievements? Of course, none other than the English Singer and Performer Marcus Collins who besides all his success he stayed true to himself and made it big in the industry.
Collins, “opened his cards” and spoke exclusively to “Anna Krith’s Lifestyle”, thus recalling the time he participated in the British Version of X Factor in 2011 by reflecting on the “winner busy schedule” joke he made with Little Mix‘s Singer, Jade Thirlwall -who has been close to since the show- while Collins talks about their recent hangout at Disneyland in Orlando.
Furthermore, the former X Factor performer, explains what forced him to “change direction” regarding his path career, and reveals that currently, he is making his debut in a feature film that would be released this Winter.
Concerning, the summer vacations, Collins, would probably choose Mykonos this year, since he showed his tremendous love for Greece in the past when he visited Rhodes, multiple times.
Read the interview below:
Anna Krith – Journalist
Marcus Collins – Singer/Performer
A: You have participated in the eighth series of The X Factor in 2011 and finished second to girl band “Little Mix”. What was the most memorable thing from the X Factor final? Reveal something that happened backstage and at that time you could’t say it. – Maybe a fact/incident that you carry with you-.
M: The most memorable thing was watching Coldplay perform and thinking to myself “wow this is such an incredible platform”! I’ve been on nearly every episode of the biggest TV show around! It was crazy.
I remember laughing🤣with Jade (Little Mix’s singer) after seeing the potential winner’s schedule and us both joking that we wished the other act would win so that we could get some well needed sleep as the schedule was so busy.
A: I saw from an instastory that you hang out with Jade Thirlwall from”Little Mix” at Disneyland, Orlando. Did you plan to go together or it was just accidentally?
M: She’s a beautiful woman inside and out and we have been close since the show. I happened to be in Florida at the same time she was in Orlando and we caught up for a few days. Really nice to spend some quality time with her family who are like Geordie extended family to me; I hadn’t really seen her brother and his wife since their wedding day, so it was fun🎠to catch up and see the kids too.
A: Would you like to collaborate with”Little Mix” and make a hit? If this was the case, think the title of the song.
M: This is unlikely, in the history of reality TV show finalists there has only been one iconic duo that made a success of a collaboration and that is where I will take my inspiration. Although, I would like to cover🎤the long and winding road and remake the video with myself as Will Young and each of the little mix girls dressed as Gareth gates.
A: Speaking about it, I have read online that you’ve got about seven or eight tracks but the previous record label had different ideas. Have you found any other record label so you can release your songs?
M: Recording new music is so much fun. I really enjoy writing for other artists and working with new people. Being the front man and the face of a brand signed off to a record⏺label is a very challenging work and for me that’s not the direction I choose to move forward to. I’ve been and done it and learned a lot from it. I was 23 when I signed my first deal. I’m 30 now and I know that a less stressful lifestyle is what makes me happiest.
A: What song instantly puts you in a good mood and what can you not miss on TV?
M: “Joyful joyful” from sister act 2 instantly puts me in a good mood. As for the episode I cannot miss on TV 📺 is “RuPaul’s Drag Race”.
A: What superstitions do you believe in?
M: Knocking elbows; if you knock one you have to knock the other and walk over 3 grids is very unlucky😂
A: If you were forced to choose only one, which emotion, more than any other drives you to stay in this tough business. Is it joy, anger, desire, passion or pride and why?
M: I love performing music🎶anything that means you get to share your talents towards telling a story that an audience member can watch and digest to take them away from their own reality for a short while is why I continue performing. I like to make people feel good. That makes me feel good.
A: Tell me about any new projects or ideas you will be working on in the near future?
M: I am really enjoying musical theater 🎭 at the minute and am working on a few alter ego’s and characters to potentially bring forward for a one man show at some point. I’m also making my debut in a feature film to be released this winter ❄2018.
A: Are you planning a trip to Greece or Cyprus?
M: I love Greece🇬🇷Rhodes is such a beautiful island. I’ve been many times. I will be there over the summer and potentially Mykonos.
A: True or false: It is the duty of an artist to put his personal emotions into the music he plays.
M: 100% every time. You have to feel it or the audience don’t buy in to it.
A: How many phones have you broken or lost?
M: My phones 📱usually last around 18 months then I upgrade. I’m working on using my phone less and becoming more present.
A: Which historical figure wasn’t as amazing as most people think they were?
M: Any head of state who was a Slave Owner at any time.
A: If you had to choose one cause to dedicate your life to, what would that cause be?
M: 1960s to witness the civil rights movement come in to action.
A: What are some problems you realize are first world problems but are annoyed by them anyway?
M: WiFi 📶I need it like a drug. It’s ridiculous.