A Guide to Becoming a Somebody in 2 Minutes

Darcy Jones, contestant number 90562, X-factor underdog.

I had gone from a girl from a place no one had heard of, to someone everyone wanted, everyone from everywhere knew my name. I was just Darcy Jones, the underdog, the girl that Google Earth wouldn’t find if I was dressed as a sky Scraper in the centre of London. But not anymore, now not just Google Earth could find me now, but every part of Google could. Now I was on my route to Stardom, I wasn't the average 16 year old potato any more...


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1. The somebody

'1.One morning you might wake up as a 16 year old potato, and go to sleep famous. It's just how it works...'

Ever since my first audition I hadn’t been out of the spotlight, I’d shot to fame after my audition was aired on TV and the next day my face was all over the papers. ‘Darcy has the X-factor’, ‘Country girl wows X-factor judges’, it was crazy; I had gone from a girl from a place no one had heard of, to someone everyone wanted, everyone from everywhere knew my name. I wasn’t sure if I’d actually liked it, all the attention on me, I wasn’t used to it; the only attention I ever got was when I had a piece of loo roll stuck in my pants at school or I got completely drenched by a the school bus on the way home the other day, that got me attention and I hated it. I was the person at school who wasn’t anything, I wasn’t popular or unpopular, I wasn’t a super nerd but I wasn’t stupid either, I wasn’t a snob or a slut. I was just Darcy Jones, the underdog, the girl that Google Earth wouldn’t find if I was dressed as a sky Scraper in the centre of London. But not anymore, now not just Google Earth could find me now, but every part of Google could. (Yes, I have Googled myself; just to make sure I wasn’t dreaming!)

I don’t really know why I decided to audition for the X-factor, I’d never sung in front of people, I wasn’t really sure I was that good. Maybe in my head I was the next Taylor Swift, and deep down that’s what I wanted, but I never told anyone. So one day, I was Googling like I spend most of my computer time doing, and I came across the online application. I opened it, scrolled up and down a few times, and then some more, before starting to fill out my application.

‘Name: Darcy Jones

Age: 16

D.O.B: 24th December 1996’

I filled out and ticked some other boxes, and then I just sent it. I was going to be on the X-factor. After splashing out to get my guitar tuned, a few arguments with mum, and the world’s longest wait, my audition had come. Darcy Jones, contestant number 90562, X-factor underdog. My audition flew by, do I sound crazy if I described it as an out of body experience? Because it was. My fingers moved up and down my guitar strings on their own, and my lungs belted out my song on its own; the next thing I knew, the audience were on their feet, the judges put me through to the next round and I was off the stage being congratulated by Dermot and my shocked looking family.

We waited for a month for my audition to be aired on TV, when my family all gathered round the TV on a Saturday night. I know I’d done well, but it was so embarrassing, as they made it so dramatic and over the top and I cringed each time I heard myself speak. I watched myself, looking like a complete potato, before I made a break for it when the adverts came on. Little did I know, I’d become a superstar, not just overnight but in 2 minutes. I’d gone from a nobody to a somebody, my Twitter followers had gone from 100 to 1000000, and my feed was full up with strangers telling me how great I was. People who I’d never met loved me, and it was crazy. People from school who never talked to me, were now messaging on Facebook, my notifications were going mad! I swore any minute my laptop would crash!

That was over a month ago, and now I was on my way to Miami for judge’s houses, I was going to Miami!

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