Aiden Grimshaw has said that while being in the intense spotlight of The X Factor wasn't really for him, he will never regret being on the show.
The Blackpool-born singer made the live finals of the ITV1 talent contest in 2010, but confesses he never really liked the craziness of being in the "X Factor bubble".
He still believes however that the show was the most amazing opportunity he could have been given.
"I mean, how could it be a bad thing?" he said. "Before I was on X Factor I was working in Pizza Hut, and my idea of a good night was if I could eat a few handfuls of chocolate raisins from the ice cream station without the manager seeing me."
Aiden, who has launched his music career two years on with single Is This Love, said that he decided to avoid the traditional route to fame taken by most contestants because he had a very clear idea of what he wanted to do.
"I think I could've used the show to get a number one single and an OK album, but I didn't want that," he said. "I wanted an album that was great from start to finish, like all the albums I love, and that's what I think we've done."
He can't wait to get out on the road and perform, something he's been doing since his early teens, but this will be the first time he's toured with his own material.
"I've sung a lot in public, in Grease and things like that, but nothing like my own tour. Now I've worked out what to do on stage, I feel at home.
"I've got all my family and friends coming to my show in Manchester, there's talk of hiring a coach," he said, before laughing and adding: "I've yet to break it to them I'm not getting them free tickets."
:: Aiden Grimshaw's debut album Misty Eye is out today (August 20). He begins his first UK tour in Bristol on September 19.