X Factor 2014: Paul Akister spent £9k on makeover

Paul Akister

Paul Akister reportedly spent £9,000 on a makeover for The X Factor 2014.

The talented singer made judges' houses last year but is back this series sporting a much more different look.

Slimmer Paul revealed how a strict diet helped him shed the weight ahead of his second attempt.

“I’ve just had no carbs and no sugar, as well as a personal trainer and I've been running up and down 100 steps with a backpack on," he said. "X Factor gave me a focus to do it. Before that, I didn't really have a reason to diet.

"Diet was a massive part of it. It's called the Ketogenic diet. You can only have 30 grams of carbs a day, and that's mainly in vegetables. I can't have beer, and I like beer. But I can still have vodka and diet coke!"

Paul was controversially cut from the show at judges' houses with Louis Walsh last year, and it's a decision that he understands.

“My confidence wasn't there," Paul recalled. "That's the main thing. I'm not shy now. I was shy before, I didn't talk to anyone. I'd sit in a corner not talking to anyone.”

And the 26-year-old told how he's now single after splitting up with his girlfriend just before the auditions began.

He said: "My girlfriend actually split up with me just before the room auditions this year. She split up with me because I kept going out!

"She probably just had enough of me. But splitting up with me was a bit harsh!"

The X Factor airs this Friday, Saturday and Sunday on ITV.

Browse pictures of Boys singing at The X Factor 2014 judges' houses below...

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