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X Factor singer Jayson Newland critical of portrayal
A singer who was recently eliminated from X Factor said he was made to act “in a way he was not comfortable with” on the show.
Jayson Newland, a call centre worker who grew up in Flaxen Road, Chingford, claims producers wanted to present him like flamboyant former contestant Rylan Clarke.
Mr Newland, 25, on Saturday narrowly missed out on making the final six in the ’25 or Over’ category, mentored by Sharon Osborne.
He said: “They didn’t really give me a chance to be myself, they wanted me to act a certain way which wasn’t cool.
“With people I know, I’m laidback and can be quite comfortable, but on camera, with people I don’t know, I’m not going to act like Rylan Clarke because that’s not my nature and that’s what they were comparing me to - a black Rylan Clarke that can sing.”
It was the fourth time the former Aveling Park pupil auditioned for the X Factor.
And he courted controversy when he branded judge Nicole Scherzinger ‘a bitch’ on Twitter.
Mr Newland said he regrets causing any offence and the comment was made in the heat of the moment.
“In terms of bad media, I think it’s really funny. Certain tabloids have really tried to slate my name and I found it absolutely ridiculous. I don’t hold anything bad against them, its business,” he said.
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