Popstar to Operastar contestant Andy Bell has hit out at The X Factor, claiming it fails to prepare stars for the reality of life once the series ends. Andy made the comments when speaking to the Sunday Mirror about former X Factor winner and fellow Popstar to Operastar contestant Joe McElderry.
"I can't really watch The X Factor. The very concept of overnight success doesn't exist," he said.
Talking about Joe, who was dropped by Simon Cowell's Syco record label earlier this year just 18 months after winning the show in 2009, Andy explained: "I think its a real shame. Young performers are not schooled in how to deal with being dropped like that.
"They are sold this dream and are not really prepared for the reality of what happens afterwards."
He added: "When you're in a band you have to go out and keep doing tours and live shows all the time and build up a following. That's how we've done it - by putting in really, really hard graft."
"Joe is a really sweet kid. He's very young and gets slightly distracted by everything going on. But he's so well known he has people saying `hi' to him all the time. It reminds me what it was like a little when we started.
"I think Joe is doing really well, he has got a lovely voice. He's got his family with him. I've spoken to his mum and dad a lot and they just say how weird it was going from him not being famous one minute to having hundreds of fans the next."