Paige Thomas always wanted to be a singer. When she was eight years old she performed a Spice Girls song at a beauty pageant, and ever since then, she knew singing was what she wanted to do. Although she began pursuing a nursing degree to provide for her three-year old daughter Jade, she never gave up on her dream.
After a teary audition where she sang Mary J. Blige’s “I’m Goin’ Down,” Paige has continued to impress the audience and judges, including her mentor Demi Lovato. Now, she’s ready to show everyone that she is not “Ri Ri 2.0.” She is Paige Thomas and she is going up.
Where are you right now? I’m in California.
Where would you be right now if you weren’t on X-Factor? I would probably be back home in San Antonio in school, or with my daughter.
On being compared to Rihanna: It’s nice. She is beautiful and she is one of the biggest stars right now. It’s nice to be compared to someone so big. But I’m ready to break out from that: my name is Paige Thomas and I have something different from her. I have a few surprises in store for everyone.
Song you can perform 100 times? “Paradise” by Coldplay. It has a lot of meaning — it’s still got a pop vibe in it, but you can hear the emotional attachment.
Most nerve-racking moment? Honestly, it was if I made it to the live shows. The anticipation and everything I’d gone through on my journey had built up inside me.
What sets you apart from the other contestants? I’m fearless and I’m willing to try anything and everything. I have somewhat of a complete package. I can dance, sing, I have stage presence and I have a passion for this.
Words of wisdom for single mothers: Don’t let people tell you you can’t do anything. People were telling me “now there goes your life and there goes your kid’s life” and after so long you can’t help but start to believe it. But keep pushing and keep reminding yourself of what you want and go for it. Persistence is key.
Best thing you learned from your mentor Demi? She’s really big on just being mentally right. Being mentally right means stop letting your emotions get to you too much, remember why you’re there, remember what you love to do and stop letting outside things affect you. Take care of your body — be calm and relaxed.
Guilty pleasure: Coffee and shopping for clothes.
Favourite store: Lately it’s been like a mixture of Zara and Urban Outfitters.
Toughest judge? For me it’s well-balanced, they all have the same thoughts for the most part.
Last song performed: Chris Brown’s “Turn Up The Music”