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It's better to come second, Michelle tells X Factor runner up


Fleur East, runner up in this year's X Factor

Fleur East, runner up in this year's X Factor

 Michelle Heaton - Liberty X

Michelle Heaton - Liberty X

X Factor winner Ben Haenow

X Factor winner Ben Haenow


Fleur East, runner up in this year's X Factor

Former Liberty X singer Michelle Heaton has reached out to this year's X Factor runner-up Fleur East pointing out that coming second in the top reality show isn't that bad.

Michelle (35) took to Twitter to comfort Fleur saying "Mmmmmm well, in my personal experience it's always better to come runner-up".

Liberty X were formed by the five runner-up contestants in UK reality talent show Popstars in 2001.

The winners went on to form Hear'Say but Liberty X experienced great success with seven top 10 singles between 2001 and 2005 including number one track Just a Little.

Michelle later went on to appear in documentaries and reality TV shows like Celebrity Big Brother and the Irish version of Celebrity Apprentice.

Meanwhile, X Factor winner Ben Haenow said he has not slept since his triumph on Sunday night and is still coming to terms with his win.

The 29-year-old van driver from Croydon said the win had still not sunk in.

"I think it will take a couple of months before that happens," he explained.


Speaking on ITV's Lorraine programme this morning he said the experience of being in the show was "incredible".

He told presenter Lorraine Kelly he had no sleep overnight since he triumphed over fellow finalist Fleur East.

"I sat in bed for an hour like that - literally thinking 'what just happened?'," he said.

He pointed out the contrast between the audience he has attracted on The X Factor and some of the crowds he pulled while he tried for many years to get a break with small gigs.

"We've played a lot of pubs and clubs and we didn't have a great turnout of people," he said.

Haenow said the low point was when just one person attended a show.

"I think they got there accidentally. I don't think they turned up to see us. They had a good time whoever they were."

Although he has a round of promotions to push his winner's single Something I Need, which was released after last night's show, he expected to get a short break next week.


"I think I'm going to get a couple of days off over Christmas," he said.

"Just relax and get back and see my family and have some good food. The experience over The X Factor has been incredible and the people who work so hard to make that show. I can't thank everybody enough," he added.

Meanwhile, TV3 have reported that Saturday and Sunday night's shows reached a combined audience of almost 1.4m people.