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Last Updated: Thursday March 01 2007 10:52 GMT

Q and A with Ray Quinn

Ray Quinn

Ray Quinn has been a busy man after coming second in X Factor.

He's touring the UK and Ireland with the X Factor contestants and releases his first album on 12 March.

Newsround talks to the 18-year-old singer all about touring, his new album and how he relaxes after a busy day.

How's the X Factor tour going?
The tour's been going amazing. We're getting great receptions everywhere we go and it's really nice to see everyone again. Especially Leona. I haven't seen her for ages so it's been nice to catch up.

What songs will you be singing?
I don't want to tell you too much because I want you to come and see the show! We've all got our own sets and I sing four songs which are all from the X Factor show.

What three things are a must for your dressing room?
We're all friends so we're sharing. I've got my hair gel, Leona's got her hair curlers and Ashley's got his glitter!

Have you had a chance to chat to Leona? What have you been talking about?
Ray Quinn
We see each other every day so we've just been talking about what we've been up to and how it's all going. She's been doing some writing and working on her album.

Tell us about your new album. What was it like recording in Las Vegas?
That went amazing. The sound was unbelievable and Simon (Cowell) is really excited. He's really looking forward to it coming out. Vegas is a beautiful city and a beautiful place and recording it at Capitol just added to the excitement because it was where my idols, like Frank Sinatra, were. It was really special. When Simon listened to it back he was like 'Wow. I thought it would be good but I didn't think it would be that good'. And to hear that from Simon was amazing.

What's Simon Cowell really like? Is he as nasty as he seems on TV?
Well he's not nasty to me. He's so cool. He always gives you his honest and professional opinion and I respect him so much.

From the charts today, who would you say inspires you and why?
I like the Feeling, the Killers, Lemar and I love Robbie. He's always been an idol to me and they've all inspired me.

What advice would you give a young person wanting a singing career?
Don't just dream about it, go out there and work for it. Don't give up and don't listen to anyone who's negative about what you're trying to do. You've got to believe in yourself and keep looking forward. Never look back.

What's your goal in music?
Ray Quinn
I'm hoping to have a platinum selling album. I've got my own tour later this year and I'm hoping not to have a one-year career. I want to be here for lots of years!

How do you chill out from your busy schedule?
Time off's pretty slim but I'd rather be working hard than not at all! And everything happens for a reason. I love working hard and the more you work hard the more you get out of it.

Finally, what's next after the tour and album release?
I'm waiting to see how this first album goes but I've got my own tour coming up at the end of the year and I'm really looking forward to that.

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