Previous X Factor winner slams show and tells fans to 'steer clear of the show entirely'
The first ever X Factor winner Steve Brookstein warned newcomers to "steer clear of the show entirely” in a candid interview this morning.
Brookstein (46), who won X Factor in 2004 with six million votes, said the negativity of the experience soon catches up to you.
While he said he had “a lot of fun” and the experience was “a great journey”, actions behind the scenes can be difficult to deal with.
He told 2fm's 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”.
The show has experienced massive success over ten years, but Brookstein has suggested that there is no longer a "point" to the show.
“This year I can’t see the point of it anymore”.
He claimed that X Factor is mostly about the "competiveness" and "ego" between the judges.
“They are always trying to put people down on the show and that will continue” he said.
According to Steve, the runners-up may be the "lucky losers" in the long run, and losing out on the top prize might be “the only thing you can do” to be successful.
Becoming a “lucky loser” is much more beneficial and means you “get the support” you need to get ahead.
Weeks after winning the show, Brookstein had a public falling out with Simon Cowell and he was dropped by the label.
Brookstein described the experience as a “long story” but said “It wasn’t actually like it was reported” in the media.
He insisted: “I didn’t feel as if they were really making an effort with me as an artist”.
Brookstein added: X Factor “was all about my personality rather than whether or not I had the talent”.
"All contestants have “watertight contracts that mean they are not allowed to say anything."
Despite his X Factor woes, Brookstein remains in the music industry and is “happy” with his recent album.
“You want recognition but you want recognition for the right reasons,” he explained.