At least he’s taken it well. Daniel De Bourg, the most recent singing hopeful to be shown the door on ITV1’s The X Factor has spoken out against the show with claims of a conspiracy. Someone call Fox Mulder – the truth is out there! De Bourg ‘sang’ The Foundations’ ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’ and with cheesy dance moves and too many ‘whooos’ found himself suitably ejected from the contest. But why choose a song that clearly didn’t suit his voice and subject him to a routine that he didn’t look comfortable with? Over to Daniel.
“Brian Friedman had my whole ‘When Doves Cry’ routine choreographed – he’d hired the dancers and I was going to close the show this week, and then suddenly at 12am on Saturday I was given a CD of bloody ‘Build Me Up Buttercup.” But this wasn’t the first song change as prior to the Prince classic, De Bourg had planned to sing Damien Rice’s Cannonball: “After the end of the first week Louis came up to me just as I was leaving to get into the car, and said ‘we’ve changed the song’. It was absolutely not the right decision. I don’t know what was going on behind the scenes, it’s a big, big TV show.”
But who was behind these dramatic U-Turns and changes in creative direction? De Bourg has his suspicions: “I don’t trust Simon because it’s his show” reveals the 31-year-old dance teacher. “I think he may have had something to do with that song choice.”
“I think he’s out there to protect his acts and I know that he’s seen me as a threat before. Who knows where that song choice came from? But it’s Simon’s show – remember that. I’m not saying Simon chose it, because I don’t know.”
But it’s not only Simon that De Bourg is unhappy with, as mentor Louis Walsh also came under fire. “I’m upset that I didn’t get to show the real me. Louis knows what he’s talking about, he’s been in the game for a long time, but maybe he didn’t really understand me, the kind of performer I am. I was doing my best in there with the song I was given, I tried to do it justice. But with a show like X Factor you have no say.”
Is Daniel valid in his criticisms of the murky backstage politics or as a shortcut to musical glory, fame and fortune should he just accept certain frustrations? As always, leave a comment and let us know what you think.