She found fame on television talent show The X Factor, but despite her hopes Rebecca Ferguson never thought it would land her the music career she’d always dreamed of.
And now she’s preparing for a visit to Blackpool, when she will headline on the final night of the Switch On festival.
It will be her last gig before she takes maternity leave as she is currently pregnant with her third child – a girl.
She said: “After the Blackpool gig I’ll have eight weeks left of the pregnancy.
“I do want to work through – at the moment I’m recording a new album, I’ve got lots of festivals lined up, I’m going to LA and then I’m back for the Blackpool gig. That’s when I’ll stop.”
Rebecca, who turns 28 later this month, said she was looking forward to coming to Blackpool, especially as she’s visited the resort in the past to see the Illuminations.
“I’ve never been to the switch on, but I did come to see the lights not so long ago,” she said.
“I think it’ll be really nice to perform there.”
Rebecca will share the stage with 90s pop bands Atomic Kitten, Liberty X, 911 and Damage.
She added: “I think it’ll be a really nice gig.
“I think when you hear the music that you grew up with you know it’ll be a good night. It’ll bring back old memories and everyone that comes through will enjoy all the songs.
“I’m looking forward to performing with Damage and the other bands.”
Rebecca said she would probably be performing her own songs, though hinted at the possibility of some covers should the mood take her.
“It all depends on the audience that comes along,” she said.
Born in Liverpool, Rebecca said she was looking forward to being able to spend some time at home around her Blackpool date.
And she said it was close enough that her mum and children would be able to come along too.
The gig is her second in Blackpool after her performance at the Opera House in 2012.
She added: “I like Blackpool, and it’s lovely that I’ve been invited back. I might spend some time there in the day to treat the kids and have a go in the arcades.”
Rebecca shot to fame after appearing on The X Factor, and despite it being what she had always dreamed of, she says nothing could have prepared her for the emotional stress involved.
“I feel like I’m in a good place now, but I learned a lot of lessons from The X Factor,” she said.
Rebecca performs at the Tower Festival Headland on August 31. For tickets visit www.visitblackpool.com/switchon.