Lorna: Limited airtime hindered me
X Factor reject Lorna Simpson has blamed her early exit from the show on the limited airtime she was given by TV bosses in the initial stages.
The 26-year-old student from London was the first contestant to be voted out of the ITV competition by judges Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh, after a sing-off with Shelley Smith from the same over-25s category.
She said: "They could have given me more airtime. I could have done everything I'm needed to do. But it's how they portray everyone and they didn't portray me the way who I am and what I do."
"If I walked in an audition room with one arm, that would have hit the headlines. But I'm just a calm and collected person with a voice and I get on with everybody.
"I think they want a lot of entertainment as well, which I've been providing but you just don't know (how it will be edited). If they've already favoured someone to win, that shows they have a decision in what's to come so they lose who they need to lose."
Lorna added: "But they provided the stepping stone for me. There are highs and lows in everything but I was always ready for this. It was always a gamble and I knew what I was going in for, but it didn't stop me because I love music. It's just the way the cookie crumbles. I don't have any control over the TV show, but I have control over where I go now."
She said she understood why mentor Sharon Osbourne abstained from the vote, leaving the final decision with the other three judges.
"She was really nice. Sharon was like an auntie as a mentor. If you do something wrong, she smacks your bum and says, 'Get in line, Missus'. I just spoke to her a while ago and she's really supportive," she said.