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X Factor’s Daniel De Bourg speaks out on the last-minute song change that saw him axed from the show

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007


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.”


TV Review: Project Runway, Sky One, Wednesday 1 August, 8pm

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007


I can get a little sleepy at times and that’s when I know to go have a nice nap. Not so on Project Runway. It was Red Bull and espressos all the way for the last three contestants, as they fought off their tiredness, as well as each other, in the show’s grand finale. The wannabe fashion designers each had to present a collection of 13 outfits, originally only 12, until that minx Heidi Klum told them to whip up another outfit with mere days to go, with the success or failure of these garments determining who would walk away with the big prizes.

These big prizes included the chance to show at New York fashion week, a fashion spread in Elle magazine, a mentorship at Banana Republic, $100, 000 to launch your own range, a one-year contract with Designers Management Agency and a Saturn Sky Roadster car – not to be sniffed at.