X Factor 2011: James Michael hits out at Gary Barlow over song choice

James Michael X Factor

James Michael has hit out at mentor Gary Barlow, saying he was forced to sing Beatles track 'Ticket to Ride' on Saturday night's show. Speaking after his exit on Sunday night, James said he wanted to sing more a current song like his Boy category pals.

Marcus Collins performed Maroon 5's Moves Like Jagger, currently number one in the charts, while both Craig Colton and Frankie Cocozza also both performed songs released in the past 18 months.

James' track however was released back in 1965, and the 20-year-old admitted he was "gutted" to have been forced to sing it.

He said: “I said to Gary, ‘I don’t think the song’s going to go down that well. I don’t think it’s going to win me any more votes or anything.’ I wanted to do a more current song with more vocal range.”

He added: “I am bit gutted. But I think I’m going to find a good backing band and get in the studio and try and write some amazing music and get gigging all over the country.”

Louis Walsh also criticised the song choice on Saturday night, telling James after his performance: "When you first auditioned I thought you had potential but that song it just didn’t go anywhere Gary, I don’t know why you picked that song for him. It was boring, it was like a busker in Covent Garden, it just didn’t work for me.”

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