X Factor star Ella Henderson reckons that the show has become a lot more 'credible' in the last year.
Speaking to the BBC, Ella claimed that changes to the format last year have made the series better for songwriters.
The 17-year-old has been signed to Simon Cowell's Syco record label and is already working on her debut album, despite a shock early exit.
She told Newsbeat: "A lot of it has changed as well. You can go on there with an instrument."
"You can play and there's just a lot more artistry to the show and that's great."
Ella continued: "We've got somebody like James Arthur, who won and he's an incredible talent.
"Everybody was so different this year and so diverse and I think it just shows the show is a credible show at the end of the day and that people have come off it who really do take music seriously."
And thanking the competition for the success its given her already as she tours the country as part of The X Factor live, Ella said: "I would still be an unknown girl from Grimsby who song writes but, you know, I do it in my living room instead of sharing it with the world.
"And without The X factor I wouldn't have had that."
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