'Its like one big sleepover' X Factor contestant enjoying life at Winchmore Hill mansion (From Enfield Independent)
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X Factor contestant Hannah Barrett admitted she is enjoying life at the £5million mansion in Winchmore Hill
The X Factor girls Abi Alton, Hannah Barrett and Tamera Foster relax by the swimming pool at their new home in Winchmore Hill. Picture: Rex/Tom Symond/Thames
From horror movies to chilling by the pool, X Factor finalist Hannah Barrett is loving life in her new surroundings.
After moving in three weeks ago, the South London singer told the Enfield Independent how she has been settling into the £5million mansion in Broad Walk, Winchmore Hill.
“It’s going really good, the house is very loud but we make a great family,” the 17-year-old Croydon singer said.
“We were really close before and now we are living together, sharing rooms, it is like one big sleepover.
“It is not what you’re used to and the fact that Lionel Richie used to live here is the final touch for me.”
The North London surroundings are somewhat alien to the contestants and Ms Barrett admitted there has been little time to explore the area.
She said: “We all go to the ASDA and McDonald’s, but we haven’t had a chance to fully explore yet. I love the area; I have never seen so many big houses in one place.
“Me and Luke Friend [another contestant on the show] went to Caribbean Junction in Winchmore Hill and had ox tail and jerk chicken, it was great.”
The singing show’s producers decided to move the contestants into a house following last year’s drunken antics between competitors Lucy Spraggan and Rylan Clark in which both were removed from the central London hotel base.
When asked about what the singing wannabes get up to, the Greggs worker said: “Everybody loves to have a music jam and we all watch horror movies, everyone gets stuck in.
“We have all sorts at the house: a swimming pool, sauna, basketball hoop, table tennis table and pool table.”
Exposed to a hectic timetable, the soulful singer believes she is still adjusting and that the whole experience has been “crazy.”
Taking time out from the show, contestants like to relax and have some down time, and the teenager said she enjoys kicking back to Jamaican music and spending time with one of the bands in the competition.
She said: “I love listening to Bashment, a type of Jamaican music because I am part Cuban and part Jamaican. I also love chilling with Rough Copy; they are like my older brothers. I have an older brother at home but I haven’t spent time with him since the show.”
Singing superstar Nicole Scherzinger is mentoring the girls category this year and Hannah is enjoying the American’s hard-working approach.
She said: “It is going really well, she is the type of person that will really push you, she is such a strong character.
“She doesn’t mess about with her girls and makes me hit the high notes, which I hate, but she is a true mentor and has been amazing.”
Hannah, along with the remaining ten acts will be performing love songs on Saturday night’s live broadcast.
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