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Stacey Solomon: 'Simon Cowell could win I'm a Celebrity'

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X Factor darling. Queen of the Jungle. Doting mum-of-two. Purveyor of frozen food. Stacey Solomon is many things, yet it's become somewhat easy to forget that she first came to our attention for her beautiful singing voice.

After two years smiling and 'avin a laugh on the box, the Essex-born star is ready to relaunch her music career with her debut studio album, an "acoustic, Live Lounge-ey" affair that's been two years in the making. We at Digital Spy were of course intrigued by her new career plans, but with a veteran of not one, but two of the nation's biggest reality shows in our midst, how were we not going to end up talking about X Factor?

Stacey Solomon poses with ice skates for Disney on Ice.


Speaking to Stacey as she helps launch the new Disney on Ice show 'Passport to Adventure', the 23-year-old gave us her thoughts on Tulisa, Nicole, Gary and this year's contestants, and explained why Simon Cowell has what it takes to win I'm a Celebrity...

Can you tell us first of all a little bit about your role as an ambassador for Disney on Ice?
"I've been asked to be the ambassador for Disney on Ice's 'Passport to Adventure', which is really lovely. It means that I get to take the children to see it and get involved in promoting it, which is amazing, and it's just lovely.

"It's just so nice because the kids loved meeting Donald and Mickey. It's one of those things where it doesn't matter how old you are - I'm 24... no, 23, and I still love it. I absolutely love, love, love Disney, it's so magical. And to be involved in something like this is just so nice for me and the children."

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So were you a girl who grew up dreaming of being a Disney princess?
"I've always dreamed of being a princess, even now. I wouldn't mind. I love Peter Pan and Little Mermaid - they're all the films that I grew up on and Zach watches them. Nothing bad ever happens in Disney."

I would love to see you lend your voice to a Disney film or do children's TV - as a mum-of-two, it'd be a doddle working with a bunch of kids.
"Oh yeah, I'd love to do something like that. I love doing different bits like that and it's so nice because I've got two children and if I can involve them in my work and bring them with me, it's just an added bonus. It's so lovely."

Are you much of a skater yourself?
"I'm actually alright. I like a bit of ice skating. I've always took Zach, so he's good. He's actually becoming better than me now. But yeah, I enjoy it."

So, you never know, we might see you on Dancing on Ice sometime?
"I didn't say I could dance. I can definitely ice skate, dancing is not my forte."

Well, it's not quite the same. You just need to do a few spins...
"Yeah, spins. I can skate, like, forwards, but I don't like spinning."

Stacey Solomon X Factor audition 2009

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Stacey Solomon at her first X Factor audition in 2009

You have sort of become associated with reality TV, is that something you're comfortable with?
"Do you know what, I enjoyed the two shows that I did. It doesn't really bother me, I wouldn't have done them if I didn't want to be associated with them. I really enjoyed I'm a Celeb, absolutely loved X Factor but I'm also enjoying doing my normal shows, Love Machine and Sing If You Can.

"I'd like to say no [to more reality shows], but I never say never. I love a challenge, so we'll just have to see."

Are you planning on furthering your music career in the near future. Can we expect new singles or an album from you soon?
"I will definitely be releasing an album in February. Definitely. The album is technically finished, so we've just got to do the artwork and the videos and we'd like to release in the New Year rather than at Christmas, so I'll definitely be getting an album out next year."

Can you give us any teasers about the album?
"I've gone for a really acoustic, Live Lounge-ey sound, so it's a lot of guitar and piano. I've just enjoyed writing and being in the studio and getting into something. I love it. I've been doing it for such a long time, we've been working on it for a couple of years now, so it's just nice to know that something I've worked on for such a long time is finally gonna be shown to the world."



Were you disappointed that your Christmas single 'Driving Home For Christmas' didn't break into the Top 20 last year?
"No, not at all. I personally think it done really well. It was only for Iceland, so we weren't actually supposed to be releasing it any way. It was just because the advert came out and everyone wanted to download it, so we released it. So I'm not in any way disappointed whatsoever."

So, have you been watching this year's X Factor? Are you one of those viewers who's been a bit disappointed this year?
"Do you know what, people are always trying to say negative things about the show, but everyone watches it. I enjoy it. I think it's a nice bit of family telly, everyone can watch it. So I've really enjoyed this year. I really love Ella Henderson. I think she's fantastic."

Do you get nostalgic watching The X Factor? It's only been three years since you were on the show.
"I dunno. I feel like I'm not watching a show that I've been on. It's really strange. It's not like I'm watching it thinking, 'Oh, I was stood there' or 'I spoke to that person', I watch it like it's brand new again. I don't associate it to me at all, which is really strange."

The X Factor Results Show: The judges

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The X Factor: Ella Henderson

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The panel has changed completely since you were on The X Factor - what do you think of the new judges?
"I love Nicole, I think she's great, and I've always loved Tulisa. I really think she does a good job. I think she's honest, I think she's a down-to-earth girl as well, so it's nice to have someone on the panel that everyone normal can relate to.

"I was always a Gary fan, I remember going to one of his concerts when I was about 10. I think it doesn't matter what he does, you always look at him thinking 'Ooh, he's handsome'. Whatever he does I'm happy."

And also, I'm a Celebrity's coming back next month, who would you love to see go in there?
"I've always said it, even though it's never gonna happen, I'd love to see Simon Cowell in the jungle. I'd love to see him without a proper toilet and all that. I think he should just go in there, just for us, just to make us happy. Wouldn't it be funny?"

I would love it. Do you think he could win though?
"Yeah, oh definitely. If he stuck to it, he'd win it hands down just for going in there."

Stacey Solomon from I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! Season 10

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Simon Cowell
2012 Fox  Upfront Presentation held at the Wollman Rink - Arrivals
New York City, USA, 14.05.12
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As Queen of the Jungle you know what it takes to succeed on the show - what tips can you give this year's contestants?
"Just enjoy it. I know it sounds hard to say that - when you're doing a trial you're definitely not enjoying it. But actually when you're doing all the other stuff like jumping out of a plane or sleeping in the jungle, it is really, really spectacular, and an experience you never would do in a normal life.

"Yeah, just enjoy it. Make some friends, eat as much as you can before you go in, don't let anyone tell you that it's a good idea to not eat as much as home so you get used to it - don't do that! You should have seen me in my hotel room before I went in, I had about 10 packets of M&Ms, peanuts, all out of the mini bar. I was like, 'I'm having it all, woo!'"

Stacey Solomon is the ambassador for the new Disney On Ice presents 'Passport to Adventure' tour in London's Wembley Arena December 28-January 6

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