Take a close look at those Pleasure Beach rides this weekend and you just might see X Factor chart topper Rebecca Ferguson and her family on one of them.
“I love Blackpool so it would be great to be able to spend a bit of relaxing time there,” she said. “Especially now I can afford to buy the tickets!”
And with a couple of blank dates after her Blackpool Opera House concert on Saturday she’s looking forward to catching her breath.
But with Too Good To Lose, the second single from her critically acclaimed debut album due out on Monday she’s not sure just how much spare time she will actually have on her hands.
“I’m excited about the single and I’m delighted to be on tour at last,” she admits. “I wanted the album and the show to be the very best that I could do. It’s seemed like an eternity since I was on the X Factor but I wanted everything to be just right.
It wasn’t easy but I just spent the year working on the album and putting everything I had into it. I wanted it to be the journey I wanted to be on and I wanted everything to go well.”
She needn’t have worried. The album entered the charts at number three, sold 128,000 copies in its first week and had racked up half a million sales in its first four weeks as well as picking up reviews such as “scales the heights of Dusty In Memphis” and “her ballads recall the heydays of both Mary J Blige and Macy Gray.”
In the meantime she also became the tv commercial face of a certain crispy snack, snatching a packet from her “grannie” before being whisked off in a helicopter.
“It was weird because it got a really mixed reaction,” she laughs. “It showed a different side of me, it was light hearted and I don’t think everyone was ready for it – but all I got asked was whether it as my real gran!”
Despite being in the limelight Rebecca says she doesn’t actually feel that much different.
“I have started doing my Tesco shopping on line though,” she says. “It’s just that if I do get recognised it’s hard to keep an eye on the kids. They’re only five and seven and by the time I’ve signed a couple of autographs they’ve vanished down another aisle!”
With her Liverpool accent and shy smile she says people have on occasions under-estimated her inner strength.
“They assume because I’m shy that I can’t be assertive but you can have a nice nature and still a strong person,” she says. “I think since I had so much input into the album and the tour its dawned on them which side I fall on.”