Annastasia Baker vows to build school in Thamesmead if she wins X Factor
PUBLISHED: 11:04 02 September 2010 | UPDATED: 13:47 03 September 2010
A young mother who has got through to the next stage of hit TV show the X-Factor has vowed to launch a performance school in her home town if she wins to give youngsters the early opportunities she never had.
Annastasia Baker, 21 from Thamesmead, performed on the hit ITV show on Saturday after being rejected two years ago by judge Cheryl Cole.
Now Miss Baker, who has lived in the town for 13 years, says she is “stronger and much more prepared” for the competition.
The mother of toddler Navaeh, who was six-months-old when she auditioned in 2008, said: “It feels great. I’ve been waiting so long for this.
“I’ve learnt so much in the two years and I’m ready for this now.”
The contestant who was chosen to go through at her expense last time was winner and mega-star Alexandra Burke.
She added: “It’s crazy seeing JLS, Alexandra Burke and others I was competing against doing so well.” That could now be me.”
Miss Baker who claims she only realised she could sing five years ago attended Castillion primary school in Thamesmead and Cleve Park secondary school in Sidcup before studying at Greenwich Community College.
In 2008 she performed at the Thamesmead festival with the boys from Twist and Pulse who reached the final of Britain’s Got Talent earlier this year.
She said: “I never did much here apart from going to school.
“I’d love to come back here and set up something like a music school so kids can do what they love. This place needs something like this as there are loads of kids hanging about and they don’t know what to do.”
The determined singer performed Tina Turner’s Proud Mary which ground to a halt on Saturday after Simon Cowell stopped her halfway through her song and announced: “This is like one of these terrible Tina Turner tribute acts.”
The judge then asked her to sing another song and she performed Make you feel my love by Adele which took her through to the bootcamp stage of the competition.
Miss Baker, says postnatal depression ruined her previous bid.
She said: “Everything was going wrong in my life and I think I was suffering from postnatal depression and I ended on such an emotional note.”
The young mother has been performing in a band called Annastasia’s Band since her last stint on the show.