You’ve been to the UAE before. What are your favourite memories from visiting?
Yes, I’ve been on holiday a few times to Dubai and I’ve also been to Doha, but this will be my first time in Abu Dhabi. I really like the mix of tradition and modernism. It’s really intriguing.
You rose to fame after winning X Factor. Do you still watch the show?
It’s a great show and I owe a lot to it so I’m always going to be a fan, but I’ve changed a lot since the show. I’ve really developed and matured as an artist.
Are you dating at the moment? Give us all the juicy deets!
All I’m saying is that my weekend at the F1 is going to be a girly affair – a real chance to let my hair down with the girls and enjoy myself for a few days after what’s been a really hectic album launch.
Any words for your fans in the UAE?
Just to say that I can’t wait to see you all at the Chequered Flag Ball on 2 November. I love the glamour of F1 and everything that goes with it so I’m really looking forward to what the F1 weekend in Abu Dhabi has to offer.
INFO: 7.30pm to 3am, Friday 2 November 2012, St Regis Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, Dhs2,000 per person including bubbly reception, four-course dinner and open bar, Dhs20,000 for a classic table of 10, Dhs25,000 for a VIP table of 10, 04 445 6842, www.chequeredflagball.com.