X Factor singer claims he was "treated like an animal"

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From Digital Spy

An X Factor contestant who made it to Boot Camp this series has criticised treatment from the show during the audition process, claiming that he was "treated like an animal".

Simon Gross – familiar to reality TV fans after a stint on Big Brother a couple of years back – told the Daily Star that he was unhappy with his experience behind the scenes.

"I was waiting for 12 hours to audition, and I didn't eat anything or drink anything and you're in a hot room all day," he said. "I felt like I was being treated like an animal.

"They get what they want and then you're forgotten about."

It's worth bearing in mind that this is the second time Simon has entered The X Factor – the first time happening before he appeared on Big Brother.

Responding to Simon's claims, an X Factor spokesperson told Digital Spy: "We work hard to ensure all contestants' needs are met and kept as comfortable as possible during all stages of filming.

"Contestants are welcome to take breaks and leave the holding room in between filming as well as being provided with water and being made aware as to where food is available."

Photo credit: Channel 5

Right now, we're midway through the Six Chair Challenge stage of the competition, which puts the judges to the test to see who they want to keep in their categories ahead of Judges' Houses.

Meanwhile, tickets for next year's tour are already going on sale, with general release tickets available from 10am on Friday, October 13.

But like the show itself, The X Factor Live Tour is undergoing some changes this time around. 2018 will see the acts perform for a whole new set of judges... you.

The X Factor continues Saturday, October 14 at 8.15pm on ITV.

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