After forgetting her lines multiple times during the live shows, X Factor contestant Tamera Foster was sent to a hypnotherapist for help. Simon Cowell, creator of the show, knows how much the technique can help after he quit smoking with the help of hypnotherapy.
After 16-year old Tamera Foster forgot her words for the third time during the live shows on X Factor, Simon sent her to hypnotherapist Christian Baker. Speaking to the Daily Mail, Tamera said the following:
“Last week was really difficult. I’ve been seeing a hypnotherapist who has been giving me little exercises to do to get me in the right frame of mind to go on stage and give a good performance. He’s been showing me how to go into deep meditation, because I meditate already, but he’s been showing me a different way which is better because I can do it in any environment.”
According to fellow contestant Hannah Barrett (who left the competition the previous week) nerves may be to blame for the singer’s memory loss, “We do forget the fact that she’s only 16”.
According to sources, Christian was telling Tamera to let go of any negativity and to focus on relaxing and making her performance perfect. After her hypnotherapy sessions, the contestant sang word-perfectly this weekend. Despite her improvement, Tamera was sadly still placed in the bottom two by the public. After a highly emotional sing off from Luke Friend and Tamera, it was Tamera who got voted off.
Being nervous or anxious over a performance can affect people in different ways. For some people it gives them the push they need to shine, for others it can cause them to panic and forget lines. Rather than harbouring an actual memory problem, this is far more likely to be due to anxiety.
While most people won’t be performing in front of millions every Saturday night, many of us face similar anxieties when faced with public speaking or performances on a lesser scale. If you find stress affects your performance, seeing a hypnotherapist could help. To find out more, take a look at our public speaking page.
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