FORMER X Factor contestant Jade Ellis is enjoying being in Torquay for the Christmas season.
She's in town to perform as Fairy Peapod in her first pantomime, Jack in the Beanstalk, at the Princess Theatre.
"Torquay is beautiful, it really is," she said a few days after arriving in the Bay for rehearsals.
"I keep taking photos and tweeting, I can't believe how pretty it is. I'm definitely coming back."
She stars alongside Emmerdale's Stuart Wade and half of bubble gum pop band Scooch.
She's loving being part of the show. "I'm working with seasoned professionals who are helping me out so much," she said.
"I'm really enjoying it and am having a lot of fun.
"The cast are on the ball and are a young team who are fresh and want to get the job done."
Londoner Jade was in last year's X Factor and was eliminated after going head to head with Union J.
"To me, the show was an opportunity to learn more about performing and the X Factor is good for people who have no singing experience as such," said Jade.
"You are thrown in at the deep end. It's a platform and opens doors. Now I'm working with producers who I'd never have worked with before and wouldn't have been on my radar."
She is backing Teignmouth's Luke Friend in this weekend's final. "Luke is one of my favourites," she said.
" I'd say to him to just enjoy it. It's over before you know it. Look at each week as a new challenge and go out there and give it all you've got."
Since the X Factor Jade has been busy working on new material.
"I'm doing an EP working on my own songs and I've also learnt to play the guitar. It will have six or seven songs on it and will be a chance to show the record companies.
"I'd say if anything I'm like the singer Gabrielle. I'm a bit different to other artists but still relevant.
"These days, a lot of music can be beat driven. I want to take it back a bit so the lyrics and voice is more important."
Jade is looking forward to spending Christmas in the Bay.
"My family and little girl are coming down," she said. "To see the sea and the sunshine in December is something else. My daughter will be coming to see the panto, you try and stop her."
"She loves performing and being the centre of attention... can't see where she got that from!"