Before making it onto X Factor after two tries, a determined Ferguson scraped together her coins and came to New York to try out for the music mogulâ€™s short-lived MTV reality competition show, P. Diddyâ€™s Starmaker. â€œI was told I was staying in Central Manhattan in a big fancy hotel. Thatâ€™s what it looked like on the website. But it was [actually] in Queens, in the red light district. The taxi driver got out of the car, gave me a hug and said, â€˜Be safe!â€™ Now you know when a hardened 60-year-old New York taxi driver jumps out and gives you a hugâ€¦â€ she recounts, still laughing at her Coming to America moment.
â€œI fell in love with New York and I saw the struggle,â€ she continues. â€œThe people at that audition were unbelievably talented. They didnâ€™t have room for error and when they sang they meant it. Also, when they didnâ€™t get through, they were so calm about it, whereas I was distraught. They were like, â€˜You know what? Another day, another audition.â€™ I learned and matured a lot on that trip.â€
Dress by Nicole Farhi, and shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti.