After wowing judges on the X Factor two Stevenage performers cruise through to boot camp

PUBLISHED: 19:09 10 September 2015

Yasmin Crotch.

Yasmin Crotch.


Two Stevenage performers showcased their talents to the X Factor judges on Saturday – and came out smelling of roses.

Yasmin Crotch.Yasmin Crotch.

Singer, dancer and rapper Yasmin Crotch celebrated her 23rd birthday realising her dreams after she was part of a girl band who cruised through to the X Factor boot camp when they wowed judges.

Yasmin is one sixth of girl band Alien, who received a standing ovation from the judges and crowd with their rendition of The Black Eyed Peas hit song Pump It.

Yasmin, who lives in Chells Manor and turned 23 on Tuesday, said: “This is something I have been doing since I was six years old. All I have wanted to do my entire life is perform. I just enjoy and love it so much. The biggest buzz is the reaction we get from the crowd watching.”

This isn’t the first time Yasmin has been in the spotlight. As a 19-year-old she was the only girl in 16-man dance crew Four Corners which got to the semi finals of Britain’s Got Talent in 2011.

Karen Mav performing on the X Factor. Credit: X FactorKaren Mav performing on the X Factor. Credit: X Factor

The group disbanded after leaving the competition but Yasmin kept her dreams alive and met her fellow band members at a dance school in London.

“We have got something different to show. We are very alien. We are very versatile and switch it up.

“Hopefully people will get us because we are very entertaining,” said the former Nobel School pupil.

After progressing to the boot camp stage, Yasmin now has her fingers crossed that urban swag band Alien can emulate the success of other girl bands who have featured in the X Factor.

And Yasmin wasn’t the only one.

Former Stevenage schoolgirl Karen Mav got the X Factor judges tapping their feet when she covered Jessie Jay’s Sexy Silk on the show.

Karen, 23, cruised through to the competition’s boot camp stage on Saturday.

Her best friend Tatenda Dube said: “She was quite nervous on the day and she was quite surprised by the positive feedback she got from the judges.

“She is really chuffed and just so happy with how well it all went.”

Karen went to The Heathcote School before it closed in 2012 and then studied at The John Henry Newman School. She always wanted to pursue a career in music and went on to study the subject at university in Liverpool.

Tatenda said: “She missed her graduation ceremony to appear on the X Factor. She decided to go for it, we’re all behind her.”

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