First X Factor winner urges young stars to avoid show

Red Carpet arrivals for the 2014 X Factor in Manchester. WENN.com

Red Carpet arrivals for the 2014 X Factor in Manchester. WENN.com

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Steve Brookstein, the jazz singer who won the first season of Britain’s The X Factor a decade ago, has urged budding stars to avoid the talent show.

In a new interview, the 46 year old admits he had a lot of fun on the programme, but reveals there was a negative vibe behind the scenes that soured the whole experience.

He tells Irish radio host Ryan Tubridy, “You start to see the manipulations and the things that are going on behind the scenes and the agenda that certain people have and it starts to get a little bit ugly.”

He adds, “I can’t see the point of it anymore. They are always trying to put people down on the show and that will continue.”

Brookstein signed to Simon Cowell’s label after winning The X Factor, but he was dropped weeks later after falling out with the music mogul.

Recalling the low after his TV high, he adds, “I didn’t feel as if they were really making an effort with me as an artist... It was all about my personality rather than whether or not I had the talent.”


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