Marcus Collins was mentored by Gary Barlow, and came in as runner-up on 2011’s X-Factor.
Since then he has hit the Top 10 with his debut, self-titled album, and is now taking his first steps in musical theatre – Marcus arrives in Milton Keynes on Monday in the colourful upbeat show, Hairspray.
He took on our Cue and Play challenge...
Tell us about the first record you bought
I think it was a Spice Girls album, but the first record I owned or was given was Sweat by Inner Circle. A lovely reggae track.
An album you can’t live without and why
Destiny’s Child with Destiny Fulfilled or Amy Winehouse’s Frank – both unbelievably brilliant whenever, wherever you put them on.
Most embarrasing record in your collection
Calling by Geri Halliwell...I just like the song, ok?
Your favourite cheesy disc
I have many! Probably The Spice Girls again.
An album you wish you’d bought, but didn’t
Mariah Carey’s The Emancipation of Mimi.
What about your favourite artist of all time – what’s the attraction?
Beyonce – she is talented and fearless. She always gives immaculate performances and balances her shows perfectly making you want more. A clever woman.
If we could grant you one wish to meet a musician or band, who would it be and why. What question would you ask them?
Stevie Wonder, because he is the definition of a legend. I would ask him to teach me to sing the beautiful riffs and melodies he has written.
Name a song that never fails to pick you up
Love on Top by Beyonce
And one that chills you out
Destiny by Zero 7
What was the first gig you attended
An Amy Winehouse show before she was famous...she was incredible and blew me away.
Tell us about your favourite record shop or online store
I am an iTunes boy. I am apple mad and need organisation, so it suits me perfectly
You can step into the shoes of your musical idol for 24 hours. Who do you choose and what do you do?
I would be Beyonce, and perform for the inauguration of the first black president, then I would shop and buy a couple of houses!
Is there a new or undiscovered artist you think we need to hear? Spill the beans.
I’ve heard great things about Miguel and have just downloaded his album, so I am looking forward to hearing his stuff.
You can banish one artist to the bargain bin. Who do you choose?
That’s cruel! Probably someone who irritates me, a rude person, or someone who can’t sing that well!
I will let the readers pick someone!
Hairspray is at Milton Keynes Theatre from Monday April1 to Saturday, April 6.
To book tickets, call 0844 871 7652.