As rumours continue about a potential new version of The X Factor, one the shows former stars has urged Simon Cowell to get in touch - to help the the show’s ‘low ratings’.
Rapper Honey G was eliminated from the 2016 series of the show, but feels the time is right to bring her back for The X Factor: All Stars, which it is believed may replace the regular show later this year after steadily declining viewing figures, with the new format seeing former fan favourites and celebrities compete for a record deal.
Honey, real name Anna Gilford, told The Sun: “I tick all the boxes. Give the people what they want and what the people want is Honey G.
“Nobody wants to see any one sing a power ballad. My prediction is if they do that they'll stick with the low ratings.
“I think I am their best shot at getting Christmas No1.”
It seems the former contestant has lost none of her confidence, despite judges dumping her at the quarter final stage in 2016 in favour of 5 After Midnight.
She said: “Some people burst into tears when they saw me eliminated.
“Before me there were never straight rappers. I was clearly a favourite.
“I got people like Snoop Dogg and 50 Cent behind me. I think I deserve another crack at the whip.
“I was voted out by the judges, I never knew if I got more votes than 5am.”
She added: “I should be in the charts consistently getting chart hits - every time I go on that stage I feel like I was born to be here.”
She’s not the only former contestant keen to get involved with the new format. 2010 contestant Wagner also has some opinions on what is needed to help ratings. The Brazilian-born former PE teacher said: "I think X Factor could do with some more interesting acts, not serious people who sing like they are suffering or dying.
"People at home watch and go ‘That’s boring.’ I make people smile wherever I go.
"I've had two hair transplants and work out every day. I now have the best abs I have ever had in my life, at 63.
"I'll bring the fun. When I'm on stage I love it. I'm 63 but I feel really young."