Megan McKenna hopes she won’t be judged for her shocking reality TV past on The X Factor: Celebrity.
The 27-year-old will make her debut on the celebrity version of the talent series tonight, but she’s worried about how she will be perceived.
The Essex beauty rose to fame after appearing on MTV’s Ex On The Beach, and gained quite a reputation for her dramatic outbursts.
Speaking to The Sun Online, Megan said: “I hope people can just watch it and listen to my story and just listen to the real me.”
“I feel like I’ve had a tough few – it must be about four years now – on reality shows where I get judged left right and centre and I’ve had a very 50/50 reaction.”
“This is a completely different show, this is just me being me, there’s no cutting in there, arguments there, drama there, so I just hope they can see me for me.”
Although Megan is best known for appearing on reality shows like Ex On The Beach, Celebrity Big Brother, and The Only Way Is Essex – the star has been trying to make it in the music industry for years now.
She said: “I’ve got a lot of pressure because I’ve been really trying to crack the music industry for a long time now and I think coming off of reality shows, people have a perception of me and they judge me on shows I’ve done and it’s really difficult to be taken seriously.”
“So I feel like coming on this show, people can see how much this means to me and they will take my music seriously. That’s why I wanted to do it.”
We’re expecting big things from Megan on the show, as judge Louis Walsh said she will “surprise” viewers.
“Megan McKenna will surprise a lot of people,” he said. “I was down in Essex for the first time ever this week. She is everything I thought she wasn’t. She takes it very seriously and works hard.”
The X Factor: Celebrity airs tonight at 8.30pm on Virgin Media One.