'I would have started roaring crying' - Joe McCaul responds to claims he 'snubbed' Olly and Caroline on X Factor
Irish X Factor hopeful Joe McCaul has explained why he refused to speak to X Factor presenters Olly Murs and Caroline Flack as he departed the stage on Sunday night's show.
Some viewers had taken to Twitter to criticise the Athlone singer for not stopping to talk after he lost his chair on the controversial Six Chair Challenge.
Joe (26) had initially been given a chair by Simon Cowell only to have it taken away again later in the show.
Speaking to Breakfast Republic on 2fm, he said, "People were on Twitter saying I snubbed Olly and Caroline but I just felt like I was going to break down and I didn't want to break down again on camera and I didn't want to cry again on camera and I didn't want to be the soppy, moany kind of.... even though I was a small bit moany beecause I walked past them, but I just couldn't talk."
He added, "I knew I couldn't. I knew if I did I would have started roaring crying and I would have made an eejit of myself and it wasn't happening."
Joe went on to say he's glad he exited the competition when he did because he thinks that "going forward in the competition it would have got more pressurised, more stressful and I don't know if I would have been able for that."
Getting to the Six Chair Challenge was a "massive achievement", he said.
Of the hundreds of messages he has received regarding his X Factor journey, Joe revealed that just two were negative.
He said he didn't want to give out about the show, but he did say that people at home are not aware of the reality of the show.
"I knew it was going to be crazy but I didn't think it was going to be this crazy. It's on a whole different level. You think you're going on to that show and everything is great, okay, I'm going to be on X Factor and it's the be all and end all. It's not. It's this crazy manufactured show that people don't really see and people don't really understand who are sitting at home looking at the television."
He added, "I'm not bitter towards the show. I'm very, very grateful I got that experience and I'm grateful to the judges and to everybody else for having me on so I'm not really going to give out about it because I'm not one for giving out."
However, Joe did have one bugbear. He revealed he was "p***** off' that he didn't get to choose his own song for the Six Chair Challenge.
He sang Duffy's Mercy but had wanted to sing Ray Charles' Georgia On My Mind.
"The only thing that p***** me off was that Simon said on the Xtra Factor last night that some of us chose the wrong songs," he said.
"Can I just say now for the record I did not choose that song. The producers chose it for me. They asked me to send on five song choices and I would have loved to sing Ray Charles' Georgia On My Mind, but they got back to me and said, 'Listen, the producers would have to hear you doing this song.'
"I said, 'I'm not singing it.' But then I thought maybe this is a little test they're setting me. So I said I'm not doing it with the track, just an acoustic guitar."
Joe McCaul will play the Porterhouse in Athlone on Friday October 23 at 10.30pm