Give X Factor a miss, Melanie warns young female singers
Four-time finalist Melanie McCabe has warned young singers to stay away from the X Factor.
The 20-year-old, who was one of the biggest stars of the 2013 series, said she would discourage budding artists from Ireland from entering the show.
"I wouldn't recommend any girl singer to do X Factor. If you are serious about a music career, do it by yourself, the hard way," Melanie told the Herald.
"Because unless you come first or second in X Factor, it's not going to last and you go back to square one."
The Santry girl, who entered the competition to bolster her family's finances, has revealed how she has made more from two TV ads, one for the Therapie Clinic and the other for a DVD of Mrs Brown's Boys, than she did from being on the Simon Cowell show.
"People think doing X Factor makes you rich but I haven't really made that much from the show," she said.
"I've only got as far as the judges' houses and to make serious money you have to be singing in the live finals which leads to UK work."
But Melanie, who was axed by mentor Nicole Scherzinger in Antigua last season, feels that the odds are stacked against Irish singers in X Factor because there are no voting lines open in Ireland.
"It's not personal. I was very young and naive going into X Factor, I really thought it would turn me into a big star," she said.
"It didn't but I'm working hard and not giving up."
However, Melanie does recognise that there were several benefits to entering X Factor.
"Everywhere you go, people know who you are," she said.
"I'm a professional singer now which is what I have always wanted to do, but the music business is a tough business but after going through X Factor four times, I'm able for anything."
Along with her singing, Melanie hopes to do more TV presenting and before Christmas made the shortlist to replace Aisling O'Loughlin when she took maternity leave from Xpose, narrowly missing out to Michelle Doherty.
"I'd like to do more TV presenting perhaps an afternoon style magazine show," she added.
A spokesperson for the X Factor was unavailable for comment.