Sammy Winward on GMTV
20/02/03
Sammy was introduced, and asked about her performance for "Stars in Their Eyes". Sammy said she was nervous and excited. She was at home with her mum and sister when the call came and she was asked if she wanted to do it, and who would she like to be.
Normally contestants are given a couple of months notice but she found out a week beforehand.
She was given about 30 minutes to decide who she wanted to be, she and her mum went through blonde people including Jenifer Lopaz, Holly Valence. But not Kylie as Kylie is tiny and has an amazing voice. Sammy didn't think her voice was that good. Finally Christina Aguilera. She didn't what to wear the chaps though. After a video had been watched it was decided that yes perhaps the chaps were to revealing for the timeslot of the programme.
There was then a photo of Sammy dressed up ready to go. She said the make up dept is brillient and really got the look.
Asked if it was a career change Sammy laughed, and said the song she had done before were more like disnysongs this was a whole new thing.
She was very nervous, when walking though the smoke. She had never sang with a proper microphone before and her voice sounded so different.
Asked if she pinched herself being on Emmerdale, as she had only taken her GCE's last year.
Sammy admited she is a bit of a complainer sometimes taking it for granted.
It was hard last year, working on 10 or 1l exams and doing the preganacy, miscarrage and engagement storylines.
She is still living with her mum and dad who are giving her lots of support.