PHOTOS & WORDS: ZOE LONDON (PROFESSIONAL PHOTOS BY TRESEMME)
TRESEMME INVITED ME BACKSTAGE TO ONE OF THE MOST TALKED ABOUT TV SETS THIS YEAR – THE X FACTOR STUDIOS. HERE’S WHAT WENT DOWN!
So rather excitingly on Sunday I headed up to Wembley for the results of the X Factor show that week. The lovely team at TRESemme invited me to check out their backstage salon – run by Jamie Stevens for the fourth year in a row – and I couldn’t wait to grill him about what kind of looks he creates for the contestants.
Jamie said that he felt this year had such a good bunch of people, and every single week the one who left was sorely missed. It made for a really nice atmosphere in the hair room, where the contestants genuinely wanted to hang out in there and felt they could be themselves and chill. Unfortunately it’s such a small room so it didn’t take long before it was full! I was dying to know what Jamie’s number one can’t-live-without product for every single one of the contestants was, and he told me it was undoubtedly the Salon Untouchable Ultra Fine Finish Hairspray. He said he couldn’t live without it!
He told me that usually he gets about a week and a half or so to create the looks, but now that Simon is back it could be unpredictable in that if the hair isn’t right – it must be changed! Fortunately Jamie is a seasoned pro and never really has any panic, and creates a look that perfectly compliments the artist’s original style, and works with the theme of the week.
We walked down the judges corridor past all the dressing rooms (although Simon’s is on a different floor, obviously) and headed backstage into the studio to take our seats. The studio is way way smaller than it looks on TV, and even though I found this at the Eurovision (TV makes it look like a huge arena, and it’s not at all) I was still a bit surprised at just how small the X Factor is.
We had Take That and Labyrinth on our show – but you knew that already as you saw it on TV! It was so cool watching it live infront of us, and seeing how live TV works. I’m always fascinated by that. Afterwards we got to meet some of the contestants and i’ve decided that Andrea is my new pal. Basically the cutest dude ever, dead sweet and stopped for a little chat. Love him.
So there we go! Hope you enjoyed this little sneaky peek into backstage at the X Factor and the inner workings of the kickass TRESemme room. Who do you think is going to win X Factor this year? Not long left to go!