Ahead of the X Factor’s return this Saturday, Dermot O’Leary has urged contestants to “be original” and avoid blending into a crowd of Ed Sheeran wannabes that he encountered during the X Factor auditions this summer.
“Every year we have people trying to be Adele, Sam Smith or, this year, Ed Sheeran – we do not need another one of those artists, we have them already”, he said. “It’s incredible how many kids turn up with a guitar and do an Ed song.”
“I always wonder why you would bother doing that because you’re only ever going to get compared to him,” the presenter added.
“I think that’s a terrific idea,” O’Leary said. “I think that comes from a girl on America’s Got Talent who sang original songs all the way through the competition and won. It just goes to show that it can happen.”
X Factor returns at 8pm on Saturday 2nd September at 9pm