Search

X Factor bosses stitched me up’

PUBLISHED: 11:16 17 September 2009 | UPDATED: 17:10 25 August 2010

DANCING

DANCING

AN X-FACTOR contestant who danced on stage when he appeared on the prime time television programme says he was stitched up by the show s producers.

AN X-FACTOR contestant who danced on stage when he appeared on the prime time television programme says he was 'stitched up' by the show's producers.

Gurdip Dhillon, 50, of Bronte View, Gravesend, performed a version of Don't Cha, by the Pussycat Dolls, in front of the four celebrity judges.

However, the married dad-of-two said that producers of the ITV1 show refused two of his song choices and gave him the number one hit by the Pussycat Dolls as his second choice.

Mr Dhillon, whose first choice was Donny Osmond's Twelfth of Never, claims they told him that if he danced on stage, in front of the audience of more than 2,000 people at the ExCel Centre in London, that he would be more likely to go through to the next round of the competition.

The police administration worker, who appeared in episode three of the show, and will also feature on the Xtra Factor, the ITV2 spin off show this Saturday , said: "I got through about two lines of my song, and Simon just said: "Boring." So I had to sing my second song, which was the Pussycat Dolls.

"Before I went on stage, the producers had given me a CD of the Pussycat Dolls. They didn't want me to sing my other choices I had prepared.

"I had only had 10 minutes of listening to it, and I didn't want to sing it. But they told me that if I danced to the song on stage, the judges were more likely to put me through, so that's what I did. I got stitched up."

Mr Dhillon, who practices singing in the bath and on the way to work at the police office in Sidcup, said he had taken three days of holiday from work to attend the early audition stages.

He was auditioned three times, once at the O2, then at the Emirates stadium and finally at the ExCel Centre, where he performed in front of Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole.

His performance saw him get through just a few lines of the song, put his microphone down and perform dance move including one he has named the 'Deep Wave' before he was asked to stop.

Simon was heard saying: "What the hell was that?" and Louis Walsh said: "No, no, no, never."

Mr Dhillon's daughter Karina, 22, came to watch him perform at the audition which was held in June.

He added: "The judges all just said no. It's a singing competition they said, which is fair enough I suppose.

"But I was really annoyed. I was fuming when I came off that stage. Why did they let others sing their song choices, and not me? Then I had to leave, it was over."

Since his appearance on the show, he has been approached by people in Gravesend town centre, and his performance on YouTube has received more than 1,000 views.

He said: "It's unreal, people are recognising me in the street, even though I was on there for a minute or so.

"I will definitely go back next year, so then I might get my chance to sing again."

At the time of going to press, a spokesperson for the X-Factor was unavailable for comment.

ed.riley@archant.co.uk

0 comments

Latest Bexley news

Monday, December 10, 2018

Our reporter Liam Coleman met with the big man before a hectic few weeks.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Crossrail, London’s new east to west railway service, may be delayed even further and could require a £2billion funding boost, Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed.

Monday, December 10, 2018

A faulty filtation system in a fish tank is believed to have caused a fire at a care home in Thamesmead on Sunday (December 9).

Friday, December 7, 2018

Rail travellers are now benefiting from recently completed work to improve access to Erith Station and to enhance the forecourt and station building.

A Bexley man who was suspected in the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence has admitted being a kingpin in a £4 million drugs plot.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

A burglar who stole three cars from homes in Dartford and Bexley has been sentenced to four years imprisonment.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Officers have made a number of arrests this morning (Thursday, December 6), including in areas of Bexley and Bromley as part of an investigation into violent disorder which occurred on August 25 in the Hounslow area.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

A Bexley man who was a suspect in the murder of Stephen Lawrence has gone on trial accused of being one of the “ringleaders” of a conspiracy to supply “huge quantities” of cannabis resin.

Most read news

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Bexley Times e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Bexley Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24