SHE was the hot favourite to win Strictly Come Dancing but now Pixie Lott is backing her gal pals to take the top spot in next week’s final. When Pixie and dance partner Trent Whiddon were eliminated from last Sunday’s show, it caused a ballroom blitz.

Outraged fans flooded Twitter with threats to boycott the contest after the pop star missed out on a semi-final place in a dance-off with Simon Webbe. Head judge Len Goodman was under fire for his casting vote in the decision yet Pixie seemed bemused by the fuss as she talked exclusively to Seven Days.

She’ll still be watching the show – and cheering on her pals Frankie Bridge and Caroline Flack to take the title most thought would go to her. Pixie said: “Everyone has their own brilliant moments but if I had to choose anyone, I’d go with the girls. I do love my girls and I think they are amazing. Caroline or Frankie, I am Team Girls – Girl Power!”

She isn’t finished on Strictly, either. She will be back in the ballroom for a group number in the final.“So I will be heading back and seeing everyone,” she added.

The 23-year-old singer, who had the highest point tally of the series until last Saturday, seemed relaxed about her exit. She said: “It’s just the way it goes. It’s always so open, you just never know what can happen on Strictly. “Trent and I did our best and that’s all you can do. This was our time to be called up for the dance-off. I always look at the positives – the great experience it was and the friends I’ve made. I’m not complaining. One of the reasons Strictly has been so great for me is because it’s a show that all my family can be involved in and watch. Like my young cousins and my grandad – I’m sure he would never have thought I would have done that and it’s lovely he has enjoyed it.”

The past week has seen Pixie winding down from Strictly’s frenetic pace, giving her time to reconnect with fans. She said: “I’ve been amazed by all the beautiful messages I’ve received from viewers, other contestants and people involved with the show. It means so much. I didn’t think I would get that feeling I get from singing from anything else and I have from this. It’s amazing. I want to keep it up and do it forever now.”

Pixie praised her dance partner and revealed she plans to have him choreograph a dance routine for her next music video. She said: “I had the best partner. Trent and I are really close and it was great going through the Strictly experience together. I will definitely stay friends with him – and his lovely wife Gordana – 100 per cent. We are planning some fun days out and I am taking him for a little thank-you dinner tonight with his wife, my boyfriend, my sister and her husband. Hopefully I can keep dancing. I’d love to have a twist of Latin or samba in my next music video and I’d like Trent to choreograph that. It will be up-tempo so it won’t be a ballroom, sadly. I loved doing that and I will miss it.”

Pixie treasures the close bonds she forged with the other contestants over the last three months, in particular The Saturdays’ Frankie and former Xtra Factor presenter Caroline. “I feel very lucky I’ve been part of the class of 2014,” she said. “I think it’s been a particularly brilliant year for close friendships. Even the crew have said that this year has been the most positive year with everyone cheering each other on. We all love each other and, right from the start, the girls had a WhatsApp group and we talk to each other every day on it.” There are no hard feelings with Blue singer Simon. She said: “I saw Simon after the show and he was gutted for me but I wish him all the best. I didn’t speak to Len after the show, no. It was down to him but I guess he was into the other dance more.”

Fans of the show may not get to see Pixie up close next year – her hectic schedule means it’s unlikely that she’ll join her co-stars on Strictly’s live tour. She said: “We’re trying to make it work but it’s going to be tough because I really want to start my new album and get writing again. Strictly was the only show I wanted to be part of. I had always wanted to go on it – to challenge and push myself. I loved the training, learning the new dances, doing them live for everyone and getting a buzz from dancing. I can honestly say I had more fun than I thought I would. It’s a performer’s dream.”

Her album Platinum Pixie, which includes her greatest hits, some new material and the charity single Caravan Of Love, is out at the moment. She said: “Music is my No1. I’m obsessed with it. It’s always on my mind. I’m going to get back in the studio, start writing and I’m really excited about it. There are lots of exciting things coming up.”

The London-born star comes from a close family. Her father Stephen is a stockbroker and her mother Beverley is a stay-at-home mum. She gave little Victoria the nickname Pixie as a baby because she was so cute and tiny after being born premature. Clearly talented at an early age, she landed a scholarship at London’s Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts when she was 11. She started writing songs at 14 and released her first album Turn It Up when she was 18. It sold 1.5million copies and spawned five consecutive Top 20 singles including Mama Do 2 which went straight to No1 – and went Top 40 in 14 other countries. Her third, self-titled, studio album was released in August this year. So, this week it’s back to the day job. Pixie said: “I can now start work on my new album. I was going to have to wait until January if I got to the final but now I can do all that sooner. I’m excited to get back in the studio and I already have sessions and collaborations booked in. It will still be pop music but something a little bit different, I think. A fresh sound that people won’t have heard before.”

Pixie made a foray into acting earlier this year and appeared in BBC’s 1960s detective series Inspector George Gently playing a blonde Blue Coat. She said: “It was my TV drama debut and I did love it. If another great part pops up, I would do it again. I also liked the guest judging on The X Factor. It was fun. I run an acoustic night with my best friend once a month at my local pub where we showcase unsigned talent. I can’t tell you how inspiring it is to see all this new talent coming through. They’re really good.”

Christmas is less than a fortnight away and just a mention of it suddenly makes her light up like a small child. She said: “Oh, I love it. I can’t wait. I get so excited. I am a big kid about presents. I reckon I’m simple to buy for. I am easily pleased with a present if there is a bit of thought there.”

It’s a chance to catch up with her parents, her sister Charlie-Ann, 26, and brother Stephen, 24, and spend time with her boyfriend of four years, model Oliver Cheshire, who shares her home in east London. She said: “I spend Christmas Eve with Ollie then we will be with our own families on Christmas Day. He’ll come over on Boxing Day and hang out with my family.” But the young couple have no immediate plans to tie the knot. She said: “I’ve never had a plan or marker of when I’m going to get married or have children. I will see how it goes but our relationship just feels good how it is now. I had planned a double wedding with my sister but she was going to get married young. I’m looking forward to being an auntie. I hope Charlie-Ann has a baby soon.” Despite being in no rush to marry, Pixie is adamant that Ollie is a keeper, adding: “It’s all still going fantastically. We’re really happy.

“When I said I get bored easily, I hasten to add I don’t get bored easily in terms of friends or family or relationships. I am very loyal, actually. It’s more that I am not good at sitting around. But occasionally I do like a day to chill. I haven’t had many of those lately.”

 

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