Rylan Clark has revealed he was invited by producers to audition for The X Factor this year, after not getting through in previous years.
Speaking the Guardian today, Rylan explained how he had originally discovered his 'singing talent' after getting drunk and performing at a local talent show.
He said: "Suddenly I'm on stage and everyone's screaming, and I ended up coming second over five weeks. It was brilliant. And that's what made me go, do you know what, that's what I want to do."
Rylan auditioned for the show last year, but ended up on Katie Price's modelling show where he finished in place.
Producers invited him back this year, where he went right through to the live shows.
Rylan continued: "When I went to secondary school my mind developed from education, education, education, to fuck education.
"Cos I knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to be famous. I didn't know what I wanted to be famous for. I didn't care. It was about being, not doing. I looked at people like the Spice Girls and thought: 'That's the life I want.'"
Rylan however said he was never fake on the show, insisting: "Some people thought it was an act, all fake. You've only got to meet me for two minutes to know.
"That's one thing I've always prided myself on, I'm not a bullshitter, I don't need to lie to people, I don't need to act, do you know what I mean? If I was that good an actor I'd be in fucking Hollywood, not The X Factor."
Around half of this year's live show finalists were scouted by producers to audition for the show, including runner up Jahmene Douglas.
X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger previously defended the move, saying: “I think it’s great that they’ve done that. It opens up the pool for wider talent.”