“I can promise you that I’m not one of the mean girls,” Frey tells Celebuzz. “Really, I’m not one of the mean girls and I think that I would really hope that the fans of The X Factor would keep watching, and discover a little bit more about me and people will get to know me a little bit more.”
What else does CeCe have to say in her own defense?
The 21-year-old appeared on-screen last week boldly confident with the cameras following her. She fluttered around the holding room alternately complimenting then discounting other contestants. One of those contenders was Rizzloe Jones, the freestyle rapper who ended up with all four judges’ approval.
“You never know how a show is going to portray you,” Frey explains. “I mean this is reality television after all, so you never know how it’s going to turn out, but I can tell you that I absolutely love Rizzloe and we are friends. I mean we hung out the majority of the day in Kansas City and we actually spoke last night. I think he can vouch for our friendship.”
She did have a couple things going in her favor during the audition. After striking out with her rendition of the classic song, “Unchained Melody,” the judges asked her to do something more appropriate for her age and style. She then unleashed Christina Aguilera’s “Ain’t No Other Man” – another bold choice considering the reported rivalry between Britney Spears and NBC’s The Voice coach.
“I remember seeing [the judges’] faces,” the Decatur, Ill. native remembers. “And they kind of gave a look like, ‘Are you serious?’ ”
Well, the song worked out for her and earned her four exuberant yeses from the panel. Then her brash confidence fell as she broke into tears, so the viewers could sense that maybe there was more to the girl.
“I know that I’m a little bit rough around the edges,” she says. “And when it comes to this competition, I know how hard that I’ve worked in my lifetime for this, and how long that I’ve wanted it and it’s very easy for me to get lost in wanting it so badly.”
So, on to the boot camp round and Frey tells us how she’s preparing herself for the competition’s next challenge.
“Going into boot camp I just am concentrating on not just the singing aspects,” she reveals to us. “I really am working on my vocals and working on all the things that go into rehearsing, you know the craft itself. But then everything surrounding that is so important to me also like fitness and trying to make sure that I am physically healthy, which also helps with my mental well being as well.”
“I know that it’s going to be really, really tough,” she added. “So going into boot cam, I wanted to make sure that I’m just very mentally, physically and emotionally prepared.”
The X Factor airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 PM on FOX. Watch Frey’s audition again above.
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