Almost four weeks after winning The X Factor Jackie Thomas is still giddy.
"I still don't think it has sunk in that I won but I think I am starting to get into the whole flow of it; The album's out and single is doing really well," the 22-year-old said.
The Greymouth native, who topped the voting polls for seven weeks, released her debut eponymous album comprising the 12 songs she covered during the competition last week and debuted the video to her first single It's Worth It this week.
"I have this amazing job which I never thought I would ever get in my whole life and I love the fact that I have an album and a single and it's on the radio.
"It's madness, it's crazy," she said.
"The video is quite simple. It's probably not what people expected because I think they wanted something really elaborate but I like it because it's more about the song and how I perform the song."
The singer won't let the fear of fading away like pretty much all New Zealand singing competition winners before her get to her.
"The thing I am doing is I am not comparing myself to anybody. I am just doing my own thing and I think that it is going to work. I hope it is going to work. I am not letting something silly like that get to me," she said.
Thomas also avoids reading too much into feedback from social media.
"I think sometimes it can be a bit toxic.
"It's more constructive to listen to people in real life with real-life feedback to your face," she said.
Since rehearsing for the first time for the show she has gained a big boost in confidence.
"I was so shy, I think, I would have been too scared to do this interview before the X Factor.
"I still can't believe I won and it is giving me this amazing career path and hopefully I'm gonna soar," she laughs.
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