X Factor 2012 hopeful Kye Sones was previously signed to Sony Music, it has been reported.
The 30-year-old was a part of band Diagram Of The Heart, who were formed in 2009 and signed up by the music label.
But despite the record company financing an album, single and even a music video, Kye insisted he still needed a "lucky break".
He told The Sun: "I need a lucky break basically. I’ve played every single toilet club up and down the country."
However Kye's previous album included a self-penned track which attacked reality shows like The X Factor.
He said at the time of its release three years ago: "Everyone wants to be famous with going on X Factor and going on Big Brother, and I don't think people know the darker side of it that comes with it, like Britney Spears shaving all her hair off and people losing their minds."
A spokesperson for The X Factor commented that this year's show was open to acts from both a professional and amateur past, and insisted everyone was treated fairly regardless of their background.
They said: "People with raw talent all stand the same chance in the competition, whether they have been in the business before or not.
"The level of talent is extremely high again this year - with people from all walks of life entering the competition.
"Kye will still need to be mentored and developed if he gets through to the live stages."