By Owen Tonks
This week, Owen Tonks caught up with former X Factor contestant and star of the West End, Lucie Jones, to chat about being the face of new skincare product, LMS Spotlights and life as a celebrity.
OT: Hi Lucie, How are you? Did you enjoy your recent holiday in Barbados?
LJ: I’m very well thank you. Barbados was just the best holiday. Lovely to have a break and it’s such a beautiful place!
OT: What did you do immediately after the X Factor and what have you been up to since?
LJ: When I left the X Factor I was immediately terrified as I didn’t know what was going to happen next! But the following day I met my new management company and I knew I was in safe hands. I was excited to go on and do some amazing work!
OT: Tell me about your run in Les Miserables in the West End. Are you enjoying it and how did you get it?
LJ: Les Miserables is a bit of a dream come true for me. Before I auditioned for the X Factor I was about to go in to university and train as a musical theatre performer so being able to perform in Les Mis, the biggest and most successful musical in the world, is just insane! My musical theatre agent asked if I would like to audition for the show and I, of course, said yes. I did about six auditions in total before they offered me the role. I’m having such a great time with it!
OT: There is a lot of support out there for you. When you left the X Factor Ofcom received more than 1000 complaints, there is currently a petition online for you to get a record contract and you recently said that you were writing music on the beach in Barbados. Do you hope to move back into pop and what are your future hopes and plans?
LJ: It’s so flattering and comforting to hear that I still have the support from people who liked me on the X Factor! I have to say that, on Twitter and on my YouTube channel, I am often completely overwhelmed by how lovely fans can be. I’m a very lucky girl. I would love to move back in to pop and at the moment I’m working on a lot of material to make that happen!
OT: With your modelling work it is important to look and feel good. Do you have a daily beauty regime or any tips and tricks to look good?
LJ: Definitely. The most important thing for me is the end of the day and taking my makeup off properly. In Les Miserables I have to wear quite a bit of makeup sometimes, so it’s so important to look after my skin. I make sure I cleanse and tone every day and then use my LMS spotlight, my new must-have item, on any sign of approaching spots
OT: How did you get involved with LMS?
LJ: LMS approached me to be involved with the launch of their new product. We said we would give the product a go and see if it actually does work first. So, I used the spotlight for 3 months and the results are amazing. It’s amazing so I agreed to be involved and tell everyone I know about how brilliant it is! I like the fact that there are no lotions or creams involved. It is just natural light so it doesn’t dry out my skin or have any other annoying side effects.
OT: With This Little Lady Went to London being a London lifestyle website, what’s your favourite place to go out in London? Do you have a favourite restaurant, pub, bar or club?
LJ: I absolutely love Balans on Old Compton Street. The atmosphere in there is so great and the staff and people who go there are all so much fun. I’d much rather sit in a bar or a restaurant with my mates and have a catch up than go somewhere really loud with sweaty men but I do love clubbing every now and then and I love Whisky Mist.
LMS Spotlights is a new skin care range that uses red light therapy, a natural skin treatment that’s clinically proven to help clear spots fast. Available online at www.lmsspotlights.com and in Harrods from £29.99. Lucie is currently appearing in Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue.