You’ve just done your fourth X Factor, what’s it been like backstage this year?
We’re like a family, so we’re always together. We have dinners together after the show. Louis always peeps his head in my dressing room, gossiping about everything. He’s constantly winding me up, I don’t know whether to believe him or not. Simon just works his own time, he makes us wait hours. It drives me crazy. In the summer our auditions ended at 2am every day. The press would see pictures of us leaving and be like, ‘They’re wasted’, and I’d be like, ‘We’re working! We’re blinking at the camera flashes!’
There have been stories about you hosting boozy parties for your contestants, though. Are you into wild nights?
No, I’m more settled down, I’m not into crazy, boozy nights. As you get a little bit older, it’s harder to recover from those. I like vino, but I don’t think it gets any crazier than that.
Do you watch the X Factor?
Um, no I don’t. I try every once in a while to see how they edit things. Then when I watch myself, I’m like, ‘Who would like me on this show?’ I get so frustrated because I’m so much more fabulous, at least I think I am, in real life. They’re taking away my shine, they edited that, I’m so much more great than that! They’re dulling it down and I’m like, ‘No! Let it be the Scherzy show once in a while!’
What keeps you coming back?
Working with the new talent, it’s inspiring to me. I really wanted The Overs this year, although I call them the The Sexies, because I don’t like that name. It’s ageist. Over? Over what? Over 27. That’s ridiculous!
Talking of ‘The Sexies’, there’s been a lot of flirting on the show, like you saying you were looking for a husband…
Oh, I’m just joking, I’m always joking around. I can’t find a husband on a show like this! Plus, I have a boyfriend.
What do you two like to do for date night?
I’m very simple, I like to be chill. I don’t get to spend much time at home, so a great date night would be dinner and a movie.
How do you get the right work/life balance?
It’s always a juggle to balance when you’re in this crazy industry, but it’s worth it. I’ve just moved into my new home in LA… Having my own place centres me. And I really want to buy a place in London too. I feel at home and want to put down roots here.
Will you throw a big housewarming party?
No, because I’m very private and also I’m a neat freak. I can’t bear people coming and messing up my things. Everybody knows that, so nobody would want to come over anyway.
Are you a perfectionist about your LA pad?
I’m psycho about it. It took me two years to build and I know every paint colour, all the rugs, stones, marbles, tiles… This morning I was even dealing with the people cutting the marble, because I need to know exactly where the veining goes. I’m a bit too much.
How do you deal with switching from LA to London?
Lots of layers! The first thing I learnt about London is the word ‘changeable’.
What do you like most about being in England?
I love it most for the people. They’re always the nicest people and so helpful. It’s like I’ve stepped into a film when I come back. But I love LA too.
America sounds great – apart from Trump…
It’s crazy. A lot of America is really for him. All those little freaky towns. Those little buttcracks of America, you know?
What keeps you awake at night?
My brain. Thinking about everything. Overthinking. Music, my creativity…
I guess that’s just how an artist’s brain works.
What’s your morning routine?
I try to get a workout in because it starts my day off right. I think I’m going to invest in a Stairmaster, so my butt can be perky. I always work out harder during the X Factor live shows because it gets me in a better headspace. It just helps us as women, it gives us natural endorphins, it makes us feel like we can conquer the world. Otherwise we just feel kind of like a walking fart sometimes.
Do you have a personal trainer who shouts at you?
That type of stuff doesn’t work for me… I want to be excited to workout.
Which workout classes do you do?
I like to do hot yoga or spin class or a fun dance cardio class. I’ve done Soulcycle with David Beckham in LA, because we have the same favourite teacher there. My friend Julien Macdonald was like, ‘Oh my God, me, you and David are going to work out at Barry’s Bootcamp!’ I’m like, ‘OK, let me lose weight before I get there!’ I need to get in shape just to go there and get in shape.
Wow! So David is now your workout buddy?
No! I just saw him at Soulcycle once! I hope nobody calls me that – I’d sound creepy.
What are your personal goals?
Continual self-love and acceptance. To know that no matter where I am in life, I am enough.
Do you like being in London in the run-up to Christmas? It’s a lovely time to be here. I love the cider. And mulled wine. We don’t have that in America.
Have you ever spent Christmas here?
When I did Cats , I was staying at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s flat in Covent Garden and I had my whole family out. So we had Christmas in Andrew’s flat. I don’t know if he knows that! It was so great.
Where are you spending Christmas this year?
Because I’ve built this new home in LA, I’m going to fly my family to be with me. I live alone, and I’m quite private, so I don’t really have people over, but this is the time of year to bring family out. I have a theatre and a little gym and dance studio for my nieces.
Your nieces must think you’re the coolest auntie.
They do. ’Cos I AM the coolest aunt. My nieces are my everything, so they are spoiled. Kids are so great to be around. They make the holidays and get you in touch with your inner child, you know? They make everything better.
What are you planning to cook for Christmas?
Turkey, ham and all the ‘fixings’ as we say. So we have broccoli and cheese casserole, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes with gravy, chicken and dumplings, green beans, corn – it’s my favourite!
Are you a good cook?
Not really. But if I have to cook something I’ll make it good.
You’re fronting Müller White Velvet, a simple, plain yoghurt. What side of you does that speak to?
If you break it all down, simplicity is the best. It’s good to get back to the basics. I love the yoghurt, it’s simple and minimalist and goes with everything.