Megan McKenna has reflected on her journey to becoming a respected singer, having originally found fame on reality television as she prepares for her Glastonbury debut.
The country music star is preparing to perform at the iconic festival, as well as watching her idol, Kacey Musgraves play a headline set.
But Megan's journey to being recognised as a singer hasn't always been easy, with Brits often judging her on her reality past.
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Sunday [June 26] will see the star become the first X Factor winner to ever perform at the global festival which has seen over 210,000 music lovers flock on to the idyllic village of Pilton.
Speaking exclusively to the Daily Star at Radio 1's Big Weekend, Megan who released her latest single, Baby Talk, today said: "I am so excited, I have been working towards this.
"I've really worked my little bum off, I'm so happy, the fact that I'm doing country music and the acoustic stage, one of my idols is Kacey Musgraves.
"She started on the acoustic stage and now she's doing the main stage, that's obviously my aim."
Reflecting on being taken seriously, Megan went on to say: "It's the best feeling, it's taken me a long time, it's been harder for me to be taken seriously.
"I feel like people are seeing that I'm working really hard, I'm in the studio every day, I'm going to be releasing music very soon.
"It's been long but I love it."
The former The Only Way Is Essex star continued: "I feel like country music, it's all about my life and stories.
"I feel like you can't sing heartfelt country music if you haven't been through sh*t.
"I'm so excited for my new music, I'm really proud of it, it's proper country."
"Country music is good music, people in the UK are a bit wary of country music but I think it's growing," she explained.
The star added: "I feel like I'm going to be bringing it more, look at that song, Old Town Road, it's the most country song ever, Jolene, they're iconic songs.
"I love it, that's what I've always wanted to do it."
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But despite the performance of her career set to happen on Sunday, Megan isn't stopping there and has plenty more plans.
She said: "There's going to be a lot of new music coming it, that's all I'm going to say, it's going to be very soon.
"I've been working on this for over a year, I've got a bank of songs, I am ready."
Megan also teased that she won't be singing alone on her next body of work, teasing several collaborations
She said: "Obviously, I love Miley Cyrus! She's the biggest idol but there are so many country artists I love.
"I love Kane Brown, he's one of my favourite artists, there are so many, Kasey is up there – I feel like I'm repping the country for the UK and I love it!"
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