Belfast Telegraph

Cowell slams X Factor fame chasers

Simon Cowell has apparently had some stern words to say about contestants who enter reality TV off the back of The X Factor.

The ITV show boss blasted those who use having been a contestant to chase fame in other TV programmes, with Jake Quickenden currently battling it out in the I'm A Celebrity jungle and former X Factor star Rylan Clark having won Celebrity Big Brother.

According to the Daily Star, Simon said: "There are people who come on this show who just want fame. They'll just do anything afterwards because that's why they've entered The X Factor."

Simon also said he planned to be back for next year's competition: "I'm not going anywhere. I've loved doing the show this year.

"I still think we're not looking everywhere for talent so I'm going to increase how we reach out next year, maybe take mobile units around the country. I want the net wider."

Meanwhile, Ben Haenow has jumped ahead of the pack to be the new bookies' favourite to win after giving outstanding performances on Saturday night.

The van man from Croydon belted out Ed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud and The Beatles hit Come Together, winning praise from all four judges.

Former favourite Fleur East in still in second place in the bookies' reckoning, meaning it looks like a win either way for Simon, who mentors them both.

The two other semi-finalists are Mel B's act Andrea Faustini, and Lauren Platt who is mentored by Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.


From Belfast Telegraph