Rebecca Ferguson tells X Factor stars to toughen up

Rebecca Ferguson

Former X Factor star Rebecca Ferguson has told this year's finalists they need to toughen up

The Liverpudlian singer finished as runner up on the show in 2010, and returns to perform her single tonight.

Since finishing on the show, Rebecca has been signed by Simon Cowell's label and has released her album both here in the UK and in the US.

“I can’t watch my first audition because it makes me too upset. I just think it is really sad. I look at myself and don’t recognise myself. I do think fame and fortune changes people," Rebecca admitted today. “I have had to change because the girl in that audition wouldn’t survive in the music industry. Little sweet Becki who loves everyone and who thinks the best of everyone wouldn’t survive.

“I have had to toughen up a lot, so when I look at that I feel really sad.”

Speaking to the Daily Star Sunday, Rebecca advised this year's contestants to make sure they made their feelings known and to stand up for themselves.

“My advice is, if you are going to go on X Factor you have to know who you are as an artist," Rebecca told the newspaper. “A lot of people go on, get told what to do, make a fool of themselves and then blame someone else.

“When I went on there I was asked to sing things and I used to say ‘no way’. You have to know who you are as an artist. If you are not happy with the song, don’t sing it. Simple as that – no one forces you to do it.”

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