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Chico claims the X Factor ‘uses and abuses you’ and only cares about the ‘money’ artists make them

X Factor star Chico Slimane has claimed the show ‘uses and abuses you’ and is only interested in making ‘money’ from contestants.

The singer, 50, who appeared in the second series of the ITV singing show back in 2005, said in a new interview that the people behind the show ‘don’t care about you’ and that artists are a ‘commodity’ to them.

His comments come in the wake of several former X Factor stars including Jedward and Rebecca Ferguson speaking out about facing ‘abuse’ during and straight after their time on the talent show.

Speaking out: X Factor star Chico Slimane has claimed the show ‘uses and abuses you’ and is only interested in making ‘money’ from contestants (pictured on the X Factor in 2005)

Speaking on Late night with Cristo on talkRADIO, the former goat herder who now runs a wellness retreat in Portugal told that although the show gave him a ‘platform’ to do other things, he believes singers are ‘naive’ for thinking they’d have long careers in the music industry.

He explained: ‘It gave me the chance to earn a good living, I’ve been around the country entertaining the masses, so much has come from that.

‘I can’t complain because I again, I knew what it was, they use you, or abuse you, and you use that platform to go on.’

He then exclaimed: ‘They don’t care about you.

Comments: The singer, 50, who appeared in the second series of the ITV singing show back in 2005, said in a new interview that the people behind the show 'don't care about you' and that artists are a 'commodity' to them (pictured in 2016)

Comments: The singer, 50, who appeared in the second series of the ITV singing show back in 2005, said in a new interview that the people behind the show ‘don’t care about you’ and that artists are a ‘commodity’ to them (pictured in 2016)

‘You’re a commodity, you are as good as the money you’re going to make them. That is it.

‘You are completely replaceable and as I said it’s a conveyor belt. if you’re not going to do it, someone else will take your place to do it.’

An X Factor spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘Duty of care to our contestants is of the utmost importance to us. 

Thoughts: 'I can't complain because I again, I knew what it was, they use you, or abuse you, and you use that platform to go on' (pictured on the X Factor in 2005)

Thoughts: ‘I can’t complain because I again, I knew what it was, they use you, or abuse you, and you use that platform to go on’ (pictured on the X Factor in 2005)

Controversial: 'You're a commodity, you are as good as the money you're going to make them. That is it. You are completely replaceable and as I said it's a conveyor belt' (pictured in 2018)

Controversial: ‘You’re a commodity, you are as good as the money you’re going to make them. That is it. You are completely replaceable and as I said it’s a conveyor belt’ (pictured in 2018)

‘We take welfare very seriously and have measures in place to ensure that they are supported.’

MailOnline have contacted representatives of Chico for comment. 

The singer joins a host of other former contestants who have spoken out about facing ‘abuse’ during and straight after their time on the talent show. 

X Factor contestant Lloyd Daniels admitted he felt pressured to hide a same-sex relationship while competing on the show in 2009. 

Speaking out: X Factor contestant Lloyd Daniels admitted he felt pressured to hide a same-sex relationship while competing on the show in 2009 (pictured)

Speaking out: X Factor contestant Lloyd Daniels admitted he felt pressured to hide a same-sex relationship while competing on the show in 2009 (pictured)

Support: It comes as Jahmene Douglas, who was runner up in 2012, also claimed people in the industry 'close doors' to make room for others despite their levels of talent (pictured in 2012 with mentor Nicole Scherzinger)

Support: It comes as Jahmene Douglas, who was runner up in 2012, also claimed people in the industry ‘close doors’ to make room for others despite their levels of talent (pictured in 2012 with mentor Nicole Scherzinger)

While Jahmene Douglas, who was runner up in 2012, also claimed people in the industry ‘close doors’ to make room for others despite their levels of talent. 

On Wednesday, two more former contestants had reportedly spoken out about facing ‘abuse’ during and straight after their time on the talent show.

According to The Sun, the singers came forward in the wake of several other stars including Jedward and Cher Lloyd blasting the ITV series, with a source saying that ‘momentum is gathering’ and others are ‘finding confidence to tell their stories’.

In a week of shock allegations, fellow alum Rebecca Ferguson has also demanded a parliamentary inquiry into the music industry and called for greater regulation to protect artists from ‘bullying’ agents and managers. 

Backing Rebecca up on Twitter, Jahmene, 30, said: ‘This hits home for me.

‘People assume you’ve just given up or couldn’t make it, when really certain people in the industry are actively & intentionally holding you back, closing doors & basically telling you NO at every turn; Regardless of talent or success. It’s soul destroying.’

A source said: ‘There have long been rumours swirling about things involving NDAs and legal threats, but suddenly a few well-known faces are speaking out at once.

Speaking out: Two more former contestants on the X Factor have reportedly spoke out about facing 'abuse' during and straight after their time on the talent show (pictured, Rebecca Ferguson who demanded a parliamentary inquiry into the music industry on Monday)

Speaking out: Two more former contestants on the X Factor have reportedly spoke out about facing ‘abuse’ during and straight after their time on the talent show (pictured, Rebecca Ferguson who demanded a parliamentary inquiry into the music industry on Monday) 

‘It has given others the confidence to think about telling their stories too, and the momentum is gathering.

‘Some of those who feel they were exploited and allege they were abused are extremely well known, but always feared speaking out could end their careers. That seems to be changing.’ 

The new accusations come just hours after Cher Lloyd accused bosses of taking advantage of her naivety and exploiting her.

Cher, who finished fourth in the 2010 edition of X Factor, claimed she was ‘sold a dream’ when appearing on the show at 17, before being exploited.

The now-27-year-old made the claims in a TikTok video, singing in a virtual duet: ‘How could I be so naive? They sold me the dream just to exploit me. 

Claims: A source has said that 'momentum is gathering' and others are 'finding confidence to tell their stories' in the wake of Jedward (pictured) and Cher Lloyd's allegations

Claims: A source has said that ‘momentum is gathering’ and others are ‘finding confidence to tell their stories’ in the wake of Jedward (pictured) and Cher Lloyd’s allegations 

‘Said darling darling you’ll go far if you shake that a** and date a star. And if the record’s taking off we’ll take the money.’

She has previously criticised X Factor, revealing in an interview last year that she had been ‘thrown to the wolves’ and experienced racism, abuse and death threats.

While on Tuesday, it was reported that Rebecca Ferguson has demanded a parliamentary inquiry into the music industry and called for greater regulation to protect artists from ‘bullying’ agents and managers. 

The singer, 34, who appeared on The X Factor in 2010, posted a lengthy statement on social media where she revealed she is due to meet Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden to discuss how musicians are treated by bosses.

In a fiery statement, Ms Ferguson hit out at ‘powerful’ agents, managers and other executives and called for an independent tribunal to hold them to account. The singer claims that this will protect artists and help change an ‘archaic system’. 

Former contestant: Cher Lloyd claimed in a TikTok video on Wednesday that she was 'sold a dream' when appearing on the show at 17, before being exploited

Former contestant: Cher Lloyd claimed in a TikTok video on Wednesday that she was ‘sold a dream’ when appearing on the show at 17, before being exploited

In a series of tweets, Ms Ferguson also claimed that she knew two women who had been raped and others who had been driven close to suicide by the industry.  

She also accused unnamed executives of ‘covering up sexual assault for your seedy friends’ and ‘grooming 17-year-old boys who are confused about their sexuality’.

The Liverpool-born star added: ‘At one point in my career I collapsed three times in a day, I was unconscious. My head hit the floor. No ambulance was called. This is one of many stories. This is the reality of artist mistreatment, this is why I fight.’

Ms Ferguson previously hit out at the industry in 2018 when she claimed to have been bullied, threatened and racially abused by executives. 

She added that she had been too worried to speak out before in fear of the welfare of her children – Lillie, 18, and Karl, 16 – but ‘will not be silenced’ any longer. Keeping the names of her alleged abusers anonymous, she said she was subjected to the ‘absolute worst, systematic bullying’ behind-the-scenes.

Ms Ferguson found fame in 2010 as the runner-up of the seventh series of X Factor, losing out to Matt Cardle.  She then signed a joint record deal with Syco Music and Epic Records in the UK and later signed with Columbia Records in the US.  

Allegations: Jedward branded music mogul Simon, 61, as 'nothing but a bad facelift' in a Twitter tirade against the show on Monday night (pictured in 2013)

Allegations: Jedward branded music mogul Simon, 61, as ‘nothing but a bad facelift’ in a Twitter tirade against the show on Monday night (pictured in 2013) 

Tirade: The Irish duo launched a tirade against Simon Cowell and The X Factor claiming their regret on the ITV show was not telling the judges to 'f**k off' (pictured on the show in 2009)

Tirade: The Irish duo launched a tirade against Simon Cowell and The X Factor claiming their regret on the ITV show was not telling the judges to ‘f**k off’ (pictured on the show in 2009) 

Her latest statement came shortly after former X Factor contestants Jedward blasted Simon Cowell in a stunning tirade. 

The duo claimed Mr Cowell sees himself as the ‘mafia leader’ of the music industry and said they regretted not telling the judges to ‘f**k off’ while on the ITV show. 

Jedward slammed music mogul Simon, 61, as ‘nothing but a bad facelift’ as they shared a video of them performing R.E.M. Everybody Hurts, adding: ‘Everybody hurts [heart emoji].

Pictured: Rebecca also shared this picture on March 29 as she discussed her parliamentary inquiry and demands to overhaul the music industry

Pictured: Rebecca also shared this picture on March 29 as she discussed her parliamentary inquiry and demands to overhaul the music industry 

‘It shouldn’t be normal that all artists have to face the emotional and legal battles when all they wanted to do is sing!’

The brothers continued in a series of lengthy tweets: ‘The Biggest regret in life was not telling the judges on Xfactor to f**k off,’ followed by a heart emoji.

They alleged: ‘Every contestant on the Xfactor was a slave to the show and got paid Zero while they made millions!  

‘The fact that every contestant has to act like their judge mentors them! When in reality all they care about is their pay check!’ 

Jedward went on to claim they were seeking ‘justice’ for One Direction and Little Mix who both found fame on The X Factor.

Starting off their Twitter tirade, Jedward shared a video of them performing R.E.M. Everybody Hurts, they added: 'Everybody hurts [heart emoji]. It shouldn't be normal that all artists have to face the emotional and legal battles when all they wanted to do is sing!'

Starting off their Twitter tirade, Jedward shared a video of them performing R.E.M. Everybody Hurts, they added: ‘Everybody hurts [heart emoji]. It shouldn’t be normal that all artists have to face the emotional and legal battles when all they wanted to do is sing!’


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