She is the eldest child of Baywatch legend David Hasselhoff and a successful plus-size model.
And Hayley Hasselhoff discussed emerging from her famous father’s shadow as she prepares for her debut on The X Factor: Celebrity on Wednesday.
The beauty, 27, candidly revealed she was ‘put off’ by talking about her actor father, 67, shortly before her performance, as she was trying to prove her ‘own self.’
Star: Hayley Hasselhoff discussed emerging from her famous father David’s shadow as she prepares for her debut on The X Factor: Celebrity on Wednesday
Close bond: The beauty, 27, candidly revealed she was ‘put off’ by talking about her actor father, 67, shortly before her performance, as she was trying to prove her ‘own self’
She said: ‘My family is so important to me, and I think sometimes having to speak about your family before you do something so vulnerable where you’re trying to prove your own self can be a bit shaky, for anybody to be honest.’
Hayley also revealed that proud dad David will be there to support her during the live shows, saying: ‘My dad’s seen me on stage so many times with my sister, and he’s so excited for me to be back on stage on my own. So, he’ll 100 per cent be there.’
The star detailed the advice the Knight Rider star had given her ahead of the show, saying: ‘Just to sing my heart out and stay true to who I am. It’s the same advice that he’s told me since the day that I got into this industry.’
‘I’ve been taught since I was younger that it’s all about your team, your family, yourself and who you are. So, it doesn’t really matter what people say.
Candid: She said: ‘My family is so important to me, and I think sometimes having to speak about your family before you do something so vulnerable where you’re trying to prove your own self can be a bit shaky’ (pictured with sister Taylor Ann and David in 2017)
‘Especially in this day and age it’s more about our personal growth and what we can convey out there through our message and music, and hopefully people can jump on board.’
The star said going out of her comfort zone to sing on The X Factor was a ‘beautiful experience.’
She said: ‘I’m so confident in everything else that I do but music is the one place that I feel vulnerable. And so it did bring up all these different emotions getting on stage to do something where I felt a bit naked.
‘It’s scary. Especially when you know you’re so confident in other areas and then you put yourself in that position. It’s also a beautiful experience to be able to connect back to who you are a figure out those different pieces.
‘I was a teenager then and I’m an adult now. It’s a very different world.’
Proud: Hayley also revealed that proud dad David will be there to support her during the live shows, saying: ‘My dad’s seen me on stage so many times with my sister, and he’s so excited for me to be back on stage on my own. So, he’ll 100 per cent be there’ (pictured 2017)
Hayley added that it was ‘nerve-wracking’ to watch the first episode, saying: ‘It was an interesting experience. And I’m totally out of my comfort zone. It is what it is. You train and you do the best that you can, and you do your best in the moment.’
‘I have hardly any singing background. I obviously sang with my father bits and pieces growing up and had a brief band with sister. I’d say we were pop stars for a summer and that’s pretty much it.
‘I haven’t been on stage since 2011. I’ve been focusing on acting and fashion and to get back into music was a really big thing for me.’
‘I don’t regret the song that I did. I just put so much pressure on myself to do so well. I was also travelling a tonne before the show, and I think by the time I got onto the stage I just felt that my nerves may have taken the best of me a little bit.
‘But hey it’s all fun and games. And, I’m just so excited to start my journey again with music. Just being able to work again in that arena is great.’
Songstress: Hayley added that it was ‘nerve-wracking’ to watch the first episode, saying: ‘It was an interesting experience. And I’m totally out of my comfort zone. It is what it is’
The celebrity line up is Megan McKenna, 27, The Islanders – made up of Love Island 2018 contestants Wes Nelson, 21, Zara McDermott, 22, Samira Mighty and Eyal Booker, 24, Ricki Lake, 51, Try Star – made up of rugby players Thom Evans, 34, Levi Davis, 21, Ben Foden, 34, The Chase star Jenny Ryan, 37, Cole & Edwards – made up of Strictly star – Brendan Cole, 43 and actor Jeremy Edwards, 48, Glee star Kevin McHale, 31.
Only recently, in an interview ahead of the launch, Simon revealed the reason why he decided to revamp the normal show into a celebrity version.
‘It just felt so obvious to do a celebrity version’, he explained. ‘The only condition was I couldn’t know who was going to be on it. I said to the team, “You’ve got to find some acts who you believe can sell records off the back of this, because if you don’t do that it won’t work.”
‘So that was the deal and we stuck to it. I swear to God I didn’t have a clue who any of the acts were. I did walk away thinking, “If we’re smart, we have artists here who could actually sell records off the back of this”. So I thought that was fun and very exciting for the show.’
The music boss also shared how he felt about holding the auditions in his own back garden.
He said: ‘When we filmed it that night it didn’t feel like work. I loved every second of it. I said to the producers, “If this really doesn’t work, we will have to re-audition for the show. That’s the deal.”
‘So the fact that I felt we didn’t need to was just great. I found it interesting and fun, and doing this version of the show has also given me the chance to do All Stars. I’ve wanted to make the best of the best version of The X Factor for a long, long time. It’s been brilliant. I’ve loved every minute.’
This series, like the civilian version, will see the acts split into three groups; the overs, the unders and the groups.
The X Factor: Celebrity starts Saturday 12th October 8:35pm on ITV.
The X Factor: Celebrity… WHO ARE THE CONTESTANTS?
Name: Ricki Lake
Who is she? Ricki played Tracy Turnblad in the 1988 film Hairspray before fronting her own Ricki Lake talk show throughout the 1990s.
Why is she taking part? Why not? Really. For me it’s really a why not situation. I’ve had a 30 plus year career where I’ve gotten to do so many different things. I get to prove myself in different ways, reinvent myself and I’m all about that, especially now that I’m 50. Why not?
Name: Megan McKenna
Who is she? Megan made her name on Ex On The Beach before joining the cast of The Only Way Is Essex in 2016
Is she nervous about performing for Simon? Wow, it’s a big deal because I just think Simon could say one thing and it can make people change their mind about you, you know? I think a lot of people listen to Simon’s opinions, but I really respect Simon. I always have.
Name: Cole & Edwards
Ages: (L-R) 43, 48
Who are they? Brendan Cole was a longtime professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing while Jeremy is an actor best known for roles in Hollyoaks and Holby City
How will they respond to criticism? Brendan: You’ve got to know your place in the chain, and my place in this chain is not, “I know what’s best.” I can’t promise that I will bite my tongue. I haven’t been able to promise that in the last 43 years, so I won’t start making promises now.
Name: Jonny Labey
Who is he? Johnny is an actor who is best known for playing Paul Coker on EastEnders from 2015 to 2016
What would it mean to get through to the live shows? It would mean a lot, obviously. I’ve always been more of like a visual showman. I’d like to be able to bring that side out. I want to focus on this singing for this stage of the competition, and then hopefully if I get through, then I can really start working on creating some amazing performances, working the dancers and creating a real TV moment.
Name: Olivia Olson
Who is she? Olivia is an actress and singer and is best remembered for her role as Joanna in Love Actually while she is also known for her voice work in Phineas and Feb
Is she nervous about the show? Yeah. I’m more nervous about the performance aspect of it than I am the singing aspect. I know I can sing, it’s just been a while since I’ve really been critiqued on everything.
Who are they? V5 are a girl group made up of social media influencers Sofia, Alondra, Laura, Wendii and Natalie
How did they get into music? Alondra: I’ve been dancing for so long that I don’t even remember getting into music, but I started singing at 15 when I wanted to audition for a singing show!
MAX AND HARVEY
Name: Max and Harvey Age: Both 16 Who are they? Max and Harvey are identical twin singers from Berkshire who rose to fame on social app musical.ly How do they feel about performing for the judges? Harvey: We’re excited to meet all of them. It’s going to be quite weird to see them in person for the first time after seeing them on TV for years. I’ll bet they’ll give us a load of knowledge, and tips to take away.
Name: Try Star
Who are they? Three-piece made up of former sportsmen Thom Evans (L) Levi Davis (C) Ben Foden (R)
Ages: (L-R) 34, 21, 34
How do they feel about performing together? Thom: It’s been amazing fun so far. I’ve known Ben for a long time and it’s funny, we used to go to rugby camps when we were kids and we’d always be singing in the back of the car. Actually, the singing culture in rugby is quite a big thing.
Name: Jenny Ryan
Who is she? Jenny is one of the five chasers on British game show The Chase, alongside Mark Labbett, Shaun Wallace, Anne Hegerty and Paul Sinha
Why is she taking part? It’s a proper departure for me. It’s a real adventure. I’m nothing if I’m not up for a challenge, so let’s go for it and see how far I go on this particular journey. It’s very exciting.
Name: Kevin McHale
Who is he? Kevin is an actor and singer best known for portraying Artie Abrams on the hit musical show Glee from 2009 to 2015
Is he nervous about performing for Simon? So during Glee, we performed on The X Factor in the UK, and I remember meeting Simon before, and he was super, super nice. The whole illusion of him being really awful, so it had sort of faded for me, but then we were on that stage singing, and I knew we weren’t being judged but I still couldn’t look at him. I was like, “Oh God.”
Name: The Islanders
Ages: (L-R) 21, 22, 24, 22
Who are they? (L-R) Wes Nelson, Zara McDermott, Eyal Booker and Samira Mighty all appeared on series four of reality dating show Love Island
How do they feel about performing for the judges? Wes said: I’m well excited. It’s mad. For the first week or two of rehearsals, I was so nervous. I couldn’t even hold a piece of paper, I was shaking so much. Now, after all the hard work we’ve put in, I have zero nerves whatsoever!
Name: Hayley Hasselhoff
Who is she? Hayley is an actress and singer, best known for her role in ABC Family’s Huge. She is also the daughter of actor David Hasselhoff
Why is she doing the show? I’ve always wanted to get back into music and I’ve always wanted to find my artistry again. I’ve worked in the studio over the years after I had a band with my sister, but acting got in the way. I’ve just been focusing on fashion and acting, I think that music is something that you want to give your whole entire heart to.
Name: Martin Bashir
Who is he? Martin is a journalist who came to prominence for his BBC interview with Diana, Princess of Wales and a controversial ITV documentary on Michael Jackson
How does he feel about performing for the judges? Funnily enough, Louis and Nicole strike me, and I could be wrong, but they strike me as being relatively sympathetic. But Mr. Cowell – he’s the problem!
Name: Victoria Ekanoye Age: 36 Who is she? Victoria is an actress best known for starring as Angie Appleton on Coronation Street Will everyone at Coronation Street be supporting her? Absolutely. They already are! Honestly, they’re an amazing bunch and really funny. There’s just so much support with anything that anyone does. I’ve made some real friends from the show and I love that because it’s not always the case on a job. They’re good eggs.
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