Why Gravesend's Confident Queen wants to be taken seriously
PUBLISHED: 09:52 08 September 2012
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She had David Walliams, Alesha Dixon, a begrudging Simon Cowell, and several hundred audience members singing "If you're happy and you know it clap your hands."
Confidence is clearly no issue for Gravesend’s Genny Jones, whose five minutes of fame on Britain’s Got Talent has made her a bit of a local celebrity.
Dressed in huge heart-shaped sunglasses, bright red trousers, cowboy hat, and a spotty apron and bearing a tambourine, Genny marched on stage as her alter ego – Confident Queen.
“I walked on stage and saw Simon’s face thinking ‘we’ve got a mad one’, but confidence is all about getting on stage and taking any criticism and walking away with it. That’s why I was there… to promote confidence,” she said.
“Some people may like it, some people may not, but having the confidence to go in front of strangers is important.”
Genny is a larger than life character but that wasn’t the case nine years ago when her marriage to the father of her two sons, now aged 10 and 12, ended.
“When we got divorced my self-esteem was at an all time low and I got help and support from different organisations. I regained confidence and felt I had to do something to help others, particularly children, so initially I was attracting children whose parents had gone through relationship breakdowns to show them the divorce was not their fault.
“My goal is for people to be confident. There are so many bad things happening in the world your confidence levels can be low, but you need to persevere.”
With the comical act, is she worried people may not take her mission seriously?
“That’s what I sometimes fear. That’s why I wanted to do training courses. You can sing the song forever but I wanted to show that behind the song there is a serious side to being confident.”
Underneath the get up, Genny is a trained life coach and has been running confidence courses for children and adults for several years now.
Her classes get people asking themselves what makes them happy, what type of person they are and how they can improve their confidence.
Five months on from her TV debut, Genny’s “Feel Confident” song has been recorded professionally with Sittingbourne charity Beat Project and is being released to raise funds for their work helping disadvantaged children.
“I have been performing it at various charity events and at school assemblies and we now want to do a flash mob in Gravesend and get everyone to dress up,” she said.
“We sent the demo to Simon Cowell to see if he will help us. We’ll have to wait and see.”
To listen to the Feel Confident song visit www.youtube.com/GennyConfidentQueen.