CBBC Music: Marcus Collins Answers Your Questions!
Ask the Stars: Marcus Collins
12th March 2012
X Factor style guru Marcus Collins takes time out to answer your questions from the CBBC Messageboards. Find out who his best friend was in the X Factor house, what songs he is loving listening to and what his ultimate favourite flavour of ice cream is!
Read on then check out Marcus' Artist Page!
Which was your favourite performance on The X Factor? BlushBongoOrka
My favourite performance was ‘Reet Petite’. I felt like that week we really hit the nail on the head and everything came together. There were no mistakes and I was pleased with my vocals.
Is it nerve racking performing to hundreds of people? CarnelianRollingLily
It’s very nerve-racking but what’s actually scarier though is performing to less people. If I just had to stand up and sing in front of my class at school I’d be really scared because you can see the eye contact with people. But when I get to go on and perform in big arenas it's not as frightening.
Who, in the whole X Factor house, did you get along with the best and why? YellowFeistyPhoenix
My best buddies were probably the guys out of The Risk - there’s a guy Ashford who everyone said looks like my brother! We get on really well, he is my best mate from the show as well as Craig and Misha B! I get on with everyone really, I’m a bit of an all-rounder.
Did you always want to be an amazing singer or did you want to do something else when you were older? SunstoneRockSpaniel
I always wanted to be a singer but it’s very difficult to get noticed when there’s thousands and millions of people who want to do it. So I took a job in a trade [hairdressing] so I had something to do until the day came and the time was right.
If you were to work with another singer, who would it be? PeachSparklyLemon
I would love to do a duet with Anastacia or Jamiroquai or someone like that with a big massive sounding voice like my fog horn!
When you were on The X Factor, if you knew you wouldn't win, who would you want to win? RoseSmileyRockstar
I don’t know, everyone’s got so much to give! But I guess probably for me and my musical tastes it would be Misha B! I think she’s incredible.
What is your favourite thing about performing? NavyBlueCheekyVampire
My favourite thing about performing is the fact that I get to share the music that I love listening to and love to sing with everyone else. It just makes me feel good to be able to do it and when people clap it makes me feel like I’ve done a good job – it’s really rewarding.
What is your favourite song from your album and what does it feel like to see your face on an album cover? RosePaintingPuppy
It feels amazing to be able to hold the album in my hands. I think my favourite [song] is probably Mercy. I love them all, I couldn’t say I had a favourite song! I really like the one Gary [Barlow] wrote for me called Feel Like I Feel. They stand out to me from the rest but all the songs mean something different to me.
If you could give any tips on singing what would they be? LilacPatientLizard
Just be confident and make sure you practice a lot. Pick a really good song and enjoy what you’re singing. Pick something that suits you.
If you were to go to any place in the world where would you go? MauveLoudBoing
I would go to the Maldives because it would be like being on an island in the middle of nowhere! It would be peaceful and relaxing!
What is your favourite ice cream flavour? BlueBlackWittyLlama
Pistachio! Unbelievable! And you only seem to be able to get pistachio ice cream in other countries – so try it! It’s green! I love ice-cream, it’s my favourite food!
Do you have any pets? And if so what are their names? ScarletTangyGirl
Yes, I’ve got a dog who is like my child! He is a Shar Pei called Derry.
If you could have any single animal as a pet what would it be? CrystalGlossyClownfish
I would probably have a chimp or a monkey because I’d find it dead funny if it was climbing around and it could help me with the cleaning up and stuff! ...
I was wondering how do you get your hair to look like that? BlushGrinningDeer
Loads of styling products and hairspray! I only do my hair – no one else does it.
Do you or did you used to have a teddy that you couldn’t sleep without?TealMegaPlum
When I was younger I did. But my dog usually sleeps next to me now so it’s a bit weird not having him next to me, because you can’t take dogs in most of the hotels!
What is your favourite song at the moment and who is your favourite singer? CreamPuffyDove
I really like that song by Gotye. I also like Domino by Jessie J!