Now a solo artist, it seems that 30-year-old Kye has had a huge change of mind since rubbishing the show in 2009.
“That was so long ago and part of the process of finding out what kind of artist I wanted to be," he explained to The Sun today.
The Chimney Sweep, who wowed the judges with a mash up on Saturday night's show, went on: “Being in bands that didn’t work out made me realise I would be better as a solo artist.
“I just needed the confidence and that’s why The X Factor means so much to me now — I finally know who I am and feel ready to pursue my dream."
With his previous album as part of a band hardly setting the charts on fire, Kye is now hoping The X Factor will give him the success he craves.
He added: "Many artists have past failures but I’m dusting myself off and trying again.”