A former X Factor star has spoken of her rise to fame and fortune and how she is now living a normal, everyday life working at building supplier, Jewson.

Mum-of-two Samantha Atkinson, 36, grew up just off Wansford Grove, in Preston Road and starred on Pop Stars - the Rivals and has made three X Factor auditions., the final of which saw her lose out on a spot in the live shows to Honey G.

After her singing career, Samantha went on to manage two pubs, the first being the Royal Charter in Saltshouse Road and then The Railway in Cottingham and now works at Jewson.

Growing up, she made good friends with Gemma Oaten, who has since gone on to be to a very successful actress.

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Mum-of-two Samantha Atkinson

Samantha started showing an interest in singing when she was around five giving impromptu and very unrehearsed performances in her great-grandma’s care home.

“Although I probably didn’t sound that good, Nana always said I was going to be a singer one day, and it always kind of spurred me on to achieve something and try my best," she said.

When she was just 11 years old Samantha entered local talent competitions including BBC Radio Humberside and the Hull Daily Mail and the Wakefield Star Search.

But she rose to fame on television and said of Pop Idol - The Rivals: “The first was in a duo called Twilight with local girl Serena Williams when we were both only 16 and although Simon Cowell liked our voices, to say he was quite critical of our appearance is putting it mildly, it’s something that stuck with me for a long time.

“I eventually made it through to Judge House Bootcamp as a solo singer and was mentored by Sharon Osbourne and Robbie Williams in Hollywood.

“It was one of the most exciting and enjoyable experiences of my life and something I would do again in a heartbeat."

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Samantha was also invited to appear on Harry Hill’s show Stars in Your Eyes doing my tribute to Adele and then appeared in Pantomime at The Hull City Hall and toured with the X Factor’s Sam Bailey.

Around the same time Samantha met the late Dave Wilkinson, of Housequake, and he helped her start her solo career.

After stardom, Samantha went on to manage two pubs and passed her singing talent on to her children and her youngest, Melody, won the Hull Daily Mail Junior Star Search and her eldest daughter Emily came second in the same competition.

Singer Samantha Atkinson came to fame on X Factor
Singer Samantha Atkinson came to fame on X Factor

She said: "I’m really proud of who I am and where I come from. My daughters have grown into lovely young ladies and proud that my youngest, Melody, won the Hull Daily Mail Junior Star Search.

“I’ve reached a new chapter in my life, I lost five stone in weight and feel really great.

“I’m working a normal job now for Jewson’s, which I love and when you consider what is going on in the world I’m trying my best to remain positive.

“I know that the people I’ve met and the places I’ve been have made me the person I am today, but, as the lyric from my favourite song says, I am what I am, I am my own special creation.”