Have X Factor fans just witnessed the birth of the greatest Jewish rap artist since the Beastie Boys?
Simon Cowell certainly wasn’t convinced. But that didn’t stop Honey G getting the thumbs up from the three other judges to move to the boot camp stage when the hit show returned to TV screens last weekend.
Standing out from her fellow hopefuls in a cap and sunglasses, the former Maccabi athlete told the panel, including Sharon Osborne, that her full name is Anna Georgette Gilford from “north weezy”, before clarifying she meant north west London and specifically Harrow.
The 35-year-old assured The Mirror she wasn’t a “novelty act” and has set her sights on getting a record deal. “If I can get as far as possible in the competition it would help me achieve that. I’m ready for the live shows.
As well as my rapping I can sing a little bit. I want to make sure my full potential is recognised. “Just because I’m a rapper doesn’t mean I’m some sort of circus act. I’m real. I’m a genuine artist. So me coming into the competition is like a breakthrough.
The judges need to wake up to that.” She also revealed to that the name Honey G stuck after being conceived by a friend at university and she changed her middle name from Ruth to Georgette in memory of her grandmother.
The acts who get through boot camp will face the six-chair challenge before the talent contest moves to judges houses and the live shows.
The winner will scoop a lucrative recording contract.