WINNING rave reviews for her West End debut, partying with A-listers and with her first album on the way, it's fair to say songbird Diana Vickers has the world at her feet a year on from her X Factor experience.

So much so, Diana tells me she rarely has time to watch the ITV show and this year's crop of singing wannabes.

Lancashire-born Diana, 18, is starring in Jim Cartwright's revival of The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice at the Vaudeville Theatre, London, in the role made famous by fellow Lancastrian Jane Horrocks.

But despite those positive words from the critics, Diana tells me she is still a bundle of nerves before she goes on stage.

Diana trills: "I've still got my nerves. Nerves are nerves whether it's singing for 12m on The X Factor or singing on the West End stage.

"But with the stage it is great because I know what I am doing each night with each performance and have routine."

Swapping her childhood home in Accrington for a lush flat in Chelsea and regular celebrity bashes including Cheryl Cole's recent birthday party, Diana is certainly enjoying her new London life.

She said: "It's amazing. The parties are so glamorous. I was with Mark Owen the other day which was a laugh but then last night I was with my mum and auntie who travelled down to the see the show. I try to go to my local pub and keep things real."

Last year's winner Alexandra Burke and runners up JLS have both had chart success but Diana insisted it is more important to her that she becomes a credible artist when her album is released next spring.

Diana added: "I would love to be like Florence And The Machine who is known for her music. I've co-written every song on the album so it's very close to me."

Performing eight shows a week means there's not much time to catch up with this year's X Factor, although she says she does manage to catch some of the Sunday night shows.

Predictably enough, Diana is sitting on the fence regarding favourites.

The bubbly teenager says: "I love them all.

"I got so much out of my time on it and I understand what all the acts are feeling and going through.

"It's intense because you are juggling a schedule that changes every day and sometimes don't know what you are doing from one day to the next but it was an amazing experience."

The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice runs at the Vaudeville Theatre until January 30.