Florence Welch: 'The X Factor Was The Most High Pressured Thing I've Done"

17 January 2012, 13:34 | Updated: 17 January 2012, 13:52

The BRITs 2012 nominee says singing live on the ITV1 reality series is still the most nerve-wracking experience she has had as an artist.

Florence Welch has described her performance on The X Factor last year as one of the "most high-pressured things" she has ever had to do.

The 'No Light, No Light' singer appeared on the ITV1 show in November 2011 performing their single 'Shake It Out' to promote the release of Florence and the Machine's second album 'Ceremonials'. 

"Just before it went live one of the dancers' dresses got ripped and the stylist had to run on stage as they were counting down to the start," Florence revealed to the Daily Star. "I had to stay really still and it was one of the most high-pressured things I've ever done. 

"I was freaking out inside – it was so frightening. We all talked about how much could go wrong – I'm surprised more doesn't happen with live TV performances."

The 'No Light, No Light' singer also claims the highlight of appearing on The X Factor was getting to meet judge and N-Dubz star Tulisa Contostavlos, who she described as being "amazing". 

Florence and The Machine are due to begin their new UK tour on 2nd March with a performance at Dublin's O2.

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