... His Cover of Miley's Wrecking Ball
There was an element of 'well, everyone is talking about her'. Maybe covering Wrecking Ball would earn me a few more views. I wasn't prepared for the response it received. I don't give a damn about Miley's personal life, whether she's naked on a wrecking ball or not. If she's expressing herself, fair play. If people are advising her in the wrong way, well, that's kind of shit.
... Performing U2's One on X Factor
I love the message in that song. It's universal. U2 are a great band. One is a really uplifting tune. It was at a stage in the competition where I needed to do a track like that.
... Entering X Factor
You can slate X Factor all you want. If you've got talent and you live in the UK or Ireland, you'll be found. People think X Factor is giving musicians overnight success. In fact, there are people from X Factor scouting for the best talent. So if you're a serious artist, you should put yourself forward. Nowadays, there aren't many ways to put your name out there.
... Life Since his Winning the Competition
It's not as glamorous as you might think. I still sometimes have to get ready for a gig by changing in a toilet cubicle. So it's not all glitz. At the end of the day, my job involves a lot of hard work.