The X Factor has changed tack this year – letting in people who’ve got management teams, choosing slightly edgier contestants and also adopting fairly odd TOWIE-style scenes in the audition stages.
But Jade Ellis, who was knocked out on Sunday evening, says that the show’s got a way to go when it comes to accepting people like her.
She told Heat Radio: “I think anybody that goes into The X Factor, especially from my sort of genre, you should be aware of the fact that at the moment, The X Factor is taking a new step and accepting more people like me.”
She added: “It’s not going to change overnight and you need to give the show a chance to find its legs again. It’s changed its game and I think that more artists like me will come into it as the years progress.”
Jade, who was given the boot after a sing-off against boyband Union J, said: “I’m devastated obviously no-one wants to come out this early in the game. But the talent is so immense this year, no matter who goes there’s always going to be a bit of shock factor.”
But she took the bad news well, saying: “I still wanna be there, I’d love to be rehearsing about now. Unfortunately that’s just the way the cookie crumbles. I’m just really excited about the future now and I’m looking forward to what’s coming up ahead.
The mum-of-one also explained how she broke the news to her daughter: “I phoned her after the show to make sure she wasn’t upset and she was like ‘It’s ok mummy because I’ll get to see you at home.’”
She also weighed in on the rumours that Lucy Spraggan is set to quit because she doesn’t want to sing cover versions: “We’ve had talks about this before. She does do covers, even at her own gigs…I think her only issue this week is that she’s very ill.”
What’s next for Jade, do we think? Superstardom? We hope so!