X Factor star Lotte has high hopes for single
A NEWQUAY singer-songwriter has just released her own music video which is being shown on MTV and is set to support pop superstar Jessie J in concert.
Lotte Rundle, one half of urban duo MK1, found music fame last year when she and her pal Simeon Dixon reached the live shows in ITV's talent show The X Factor.
The pair have now released their first video prior to the release of debut single Let Go, penned by Lotte herself, on August 4.
Set in a period building in London, the video has already hit screens, including on music video channel MTV Hits.
MK1 will also be supporting Jessie J, who performed this weekend at the Eden Sessions at the Eden Project, near St Austell, when she appears at Kent's Sound Island Festival at the end of July.
Lotte, 20, whose stage name is Charlie, said she had experienced a "rollercoaster of emotions" since leaving the X Factor late last year.
She said it was "one of the best feelings" to see their own music video on television.
"We're proud of it," she said.
"It was just like filming a house party. We had so much fun.
"The single's basically about letting go of your insecurities. Everyone can relate to it in some way."
The pair, who are signed to a management company but not yet to a record label, have self-released the single and accompanying video, hoping to reach the top 40 and get signed.
Lotte said she was devastated last month when MK1 had to cancel its tour of ten O2 academies after she developed laryngitis and was unable to sing.
The former Newquay Tretherras pupil, who performed at Newquay's Berties club recently, said the X Factor had changed their lives.
"When we first came off the show we had two gigs a night," she said.
"That died down a bit and we spent a lot of time in the studio writing our music, but now our single's coming out.
"Your first single is your chance to get into the industry properly. We need everyone's help just to get into the top 40."
Mum Debbie said she and Lotte's dad Daniel couldn't be more proud of her and were hopeful the single release would bring MK1 the music industry success they deserved.
"Everyone's just waiting for someone to pick it up," she said.
"We're just hoping it will happen. We just need someone to give them a break."