Last week I was invited over to my local shopping centre, Merry Hill, with fellow blogger Sara, for the Christmas lights switch on and the opportunity to meet and interview Rylan and the lads from Union J, both of who were on X Factor last year. Merry Hill looked amazing with lots of festive decorations, everyone was really excited too so the atmosphere was great! Interviewing Rylan and Union J was so funny - they were all friendly, chatty and cheeky too. We put a tweet out to see what questions we should ask as we were a little stuck and didn't know what people wanted to know, we had some great questions prepared!
First up was Rylan, he is SO tall and looked smart in a jacquard satin blazer, jeans, a shirt and an Hermes belt. He told us his favourite foods are McDonalds, pizza, soda stream cocktails and other junk food, and that at Christmas he'll be having a day off relaxing and spending time with family and friends. We asked him about fashion and where he likes to shop, the majority of his choices are high street like Topman and ASOS, as well as Vivienne Westwood and Christian Louboutin if he's treating himself! Rylan explained that he doesn't follow trends, and where's what he wants as long as it looks good in the mirror. His biggest fashion faux pas was the white light up jumpsuit he wore on X Factor! Rylan loves beauty products and getting pampered - Dermalogica skin care, and Mac and Benefit make up (he used to be a BeneBoy!) are his go to brands. He also told us he can't live without his spray tans - his teeth are truly incredible, so lots of flossing and cleaning is a must in his beauty regime! When relaxing, Rylan likes to wear a onesie, have a bath and get lots of sleep. It was great to hear that he keeps in touch with all of the X Factor contestants, and that he plans to keep presenting, singing and performing in the future!
Union J were equally as charming and lovely to chat to, they told us how they listen to Beyonce and The Script and watch Modern Family when relaxing away from their hectic schedule. They'll be chilling out with family and friends at Christmas time, touring and eating lots of food like pigs wrapped in blankets! The boys like to shop in Zara, Topman and Jeffrey Campbell, their designer faves are Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and Tom Ford. Union J like to look after themselves, and use nice smelling shower gels and collagen wave facials to keep their skin super soft and clean. They think fashion faux pas are bad hair, wearing onesies and wearing any clothes or socks in the bedroom...cheeky boys! Union J have lots going on and plans for the future include going on tour, exciting new projects and releasing more songs!
It was lots of fun interviewing all the boys, and such a pleasure to meet them, they all performed later on in the evening and switched on the pretty Christmas lights too!
All details of Westfield Merry Hill can be found, here.