X factor ‘false’ claims former contestant, Jade Richards

Jade Richards PIc
Jade Richards PIc

Former X Factor hopeful Jade Richards has revealed she can’t stand to watch the talent show anymore.

The Buckhaven singer opened up about her experiences on Victoria Derbyshire’s short documentary ‘My life as an X Factor contestant’ which aired on BBC1 yesterday (Monday)

Filmed walking up Leven High Street, where she now works as a retail assistant, Jade said: “Before I was on the show I used to love watching it on a Saturday night with my mum.

“After doing the show I don’t watch it anymore... you know how false it is.”

Jade, who made it through to the judges’ houses stage in 2011 and again in 2013, revealed her celebrated first X Factor audition was heavily edited.

She had judge Kelly Rowland in tears after singing Etta James’ All I Could Do is Cry but audiences at home saw nothing of the performance.

Instead the footage of Rowland was spliced alongside Jade’s later rendition of Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’.

The singer also revealed contestants’ mobile phones were confiscated at the judges’ houses and only returned when they arrived back home.

Jade’s mum was asked by X Factor to meet her daughter at the airport and filmed as Jade revealed she had failed to make it through to the live final.

She then had to keep the decision secret from friends for weeks.

“Although the X Factor was great with publicity, there’s nobody to help you,“ she said.

“Nobody phones to see if you are ok.”

Nevertheless, Jade did concede the X Factor was a “really good experience” in living life in the spotlight and she was now concentrating on her new band.

“You have to keep going and give it another shot,“ she said.