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Ella Henderson praises The X Factor and says she was ‘looked after’ amid mass criticism of the show

Ella Henderson spoke positively about her experience on The X Factor on Tuesday and said she had a ‘very different experience’ to others, in the wake of mass criticism over its treatment of stars. 

The singer, 25, praised the music competition for giving her a platform while admitting she is unsure whether she’d have the strength to audition in the present day, due to the pressure of social media. 

Her comments come after an announcement in July that The X Factor has been cancelled, much to the delight of contestants including Katie Waisell and Jedward, who reacted by discussing the shocking treatment that they received behind-the-scenes. 

‘I was well looked after’: Ella Henderson spoke positively about her experience on The X Factor on Tuesday and said she had a ‘very different experience’ to others, in the wake of mass criticism over its treatment of stars

But sharing her own personal experience, Ella said to the Loose Women panellists: ‘Yes I mean for me, it was a very different experience. 

‘Because I was 16 years old, I was very well kept and looked after. And also my parents didn’t leave my side, I literally had my mum and dad with me every step of the way and they’re just like that, they still are. 

‘I think my mum finds it really hard that I live away and I’m in London a lot. We are so close and tightknit that having them with me from day dot has been really, really grounding for me.’

She continued: ‘Yes everyone has got their own version of events and for me, that show offered me a huge platform and one of my goals was to be a singer/songwriter.  

Support: The singer, 25, praised the music competition for giving her a platform (pictured in 2012) while admitting she is unsure whether she'd have the strength to audition in the present day, due to the pressure of social media

Support: The singer, 25, praised the music competition for giving her a platform (pictured in 2012) while admitting she is unsure whether she’d have the strength to audition in the present day, due to the pressure of social media

Backlash: Her comments come after an announcement in July that The X Factor has been cancelled, much to the delight of contestants including Katie Waisell (pictured) and Jedward, who reacted by discussing the shocking treatment that they received behind-the-scenes

Backlash: Her comments come after an announcement in July that The X Factor has been cancelled, much to the delight of contestants including Katie Waisell (pictured) and Jedward, who reacted by discussing the shocking treatment that they received behind-the-scenes

‘And to have so many accomplishments now and to also have so many that I want to achieve is incredible.’ 

Discussing what it was like to be thrust into the public eye at such a young age, Ella continued speaking highly of The X Factor, but highlighted the negative impact of social media for performers. 

She continued: ‘I swear I’m like Peter Pan and never grew up. 

‘I can’t believe I did that [X Factor] at 16. Watching it, it still makes my toes curls up and I get really nervous. 

‘I think if social media was as huge as it is now, I don’t think I could have done that show. It’s so there and present and I was protected from that at that age.’

Honest: But sharing her own personal experience, Ella said to the Loose Women panellists: 'Yes I mean for me, it was a very different experience'

Honest: But sharing her own personal experience, Ella said to the Loose Women panellists: ‘Yes I mean for me, it was a very different experience’

Real: She continued: 'Because I was 16 years old, I was very well kept and looked after. And also my parents didn't leave my side, I literally had my mum and dad with me every step of the way'

Real: She continued: ‘Because I was 16 years old, I was very well kept and looked after. And also my parents didn’t leave my side, I literally had my mum and dad with me every step of the way’

Last month, former X Factor stars Jedward and Katie Waissel reacted to news that the show had been axed after 17 years with glee.

It was reported that Simon Cowell, 61, has pulled the plug on the ITV talent show – which launched in 2004 and last aired in 2018 – because he doesn’t want the programme to ‘become a bit of a joke.’ 

Hot on the heels of the news, the Irish twins, 29, who shot to fame on the show in 2008, penned: ‘Xfactor has been axed Mission Complete’, while Katie, 35, who appeared in 2010, shared the MailOnline’s news alert and wrote: ‘Journey for justice’. 

Katie, earlier this year, claimed she was sexually assaulted by somebody on the X Factor team, years after appearing on the show while Jedward have been open in their criticism of the show.

The decision to axe the show comes hot on the heels of former contestants hitting out against the British music industry for ‘exploiting’ and treating them like ‘cattle’ since their overnight rise to fame. 

 

'Mission complete': Last month, former X Factor stars Jedward (pictured in 2009) and Katie Waissel reacted on social media to news that the show had been axed after 17 years with glee

‘Mission complete’: Last month, former X Factor stars Jedward (pictured in 2009) and Katie Waissel reacted on social media to news that the show had been axed after 17 years with glee 

2010 X Factor star Rebecca Ferguson, 35, has called for an urgent parliamentary inquiry to help protect young and emerging artists, and an independent tribunal to hold those responsible for poor treatment within the industry.

Fellow contestant Cher Lloyd, 27,  had also hit out at the industry and claimed she was also poorly treated.

Discussing her alleged assault, Katie said the incident happened in the US when she met the person to talk about recording work. 

The singer said if she could change the past, she would never have appeared on the singing contest. 

Happy: Katie, 35, who appeared in 2010, shared the MailOnline's news alert and wrote: 'Journey for justice'

Happy: Katie, 35, who appeared in 2010, shared the MailOnline’s news alert and wrote: ‘Journey for justice’

A spokesperson for Syco Entertainment said at the time: ‘We were made aware via the media of Katie’s claims in Autumn 2017 and we immediately contacted her and began an investigation. 

‘We were naturally shocked at the allegations and wanted to do anything we could to help – so we asked her to lodge a complaint with us and detail the allegations for that purpose. In the interim we suspended the accused. 

‘Despite a number of requests to Katie asking her to detail the claims to us, she chose not to make a complaint over his behaviour. As a result, and without other evidence to the contrary, we were obliged to accept his denial of the claims. 

‘We, of course, remain ready and keen to investigate her claims if she so chooses to detail them to us and even though the alleged perpetrator no longer works for either Syco or Sony Music.’ 

Shock: Jack Remmington, who was a wildcard act in 2017 with his pal Joel Fisher, also took to Twitter to share a sarcastic message about his time on the show and Simon's behaviour  (Jack and Joel, pictured on the show)

Shock: Jack Remmington, who was a wildcard act in 2017 with his pal Joel Fisher, also took to Twitter to share a sarcastic message about his time on the show and Simon’s behaviour  (Jack and Joel, pictured on the show)

Following on from Katie and Jedward’s messages, Jack Remmington, who was a wildcard act in 2017 with his pal Joel Fisher, also took to Twitter to share a sarcastic message about his time on the show and Simon’s behaviour. 

He penned: ‘So sad The X Factor has officially ended. Had such a wonderful & supportive journey on that show…

‘My favourite moment was when Simon, my mentor, told us when we were kicked out the live shows that “it was such a shame as he was just starting to like us”. Such a nice man xx…

‘This was literally whilst the cameras were rolling as well, Dermot was still rounding off the show and Si dropped that bomb on us whilst we were still standing on stage so just had to smile and laugh like he’d told some s**te joke haahah… 

Shock: Jack shared the story with his 63.1k followers, four years after his appearance

Shock: Jack shared the story with his 63.1k followers, four years after his appearance 

‘Just to reiterate – we had been at our audition, bootcamp, judges’ houses and weeks of live shows, spanning months over the year under his “mentorship”. To then be told this as our journey ended’.

Fleur East, 33, star of 2015’s 12th series, spoke on Hits Radio Breakfast show and said: ‘Do you know what, I believe that this is the right thing to do….

‘I feel like you miss something when it’s been away for a while, you know. It was getting a bit much, and now I think after five years we’ll have an appetite for it, you know. You need something to go away to miss it.’ 

Work it! Fleur East, star of 2015's 12th series, spoke on Hits Radio Breakfast show where she said: 'Do you know what, I believe that this is the right thing to do'

Work it! Fleur East, star of 2015’s 12th series, spoke on Hits Radio Breakfast show where she said: ‘Do you know what, I believe that this is the right thing to do’


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