Two more former X Factor contestants are reported to be willing to speak out about ‘abuse’ during their time on the ITV talent show.
It comes after Pop duo Jedward launched a Twitter tirade about their negative experience on the reality series and how they regret not telling the judges to ‘f*** off’.
Cher Lloyd then spoke out to accuse the show of ‘selling her a dream’ in a TikTok video that has since gone viral.
Following a week of allegations, 2010 contestant Rebecca Ferguson has demanded a parliamentary inquiry into the music industry in general calling for tighter regulations to protect artists from being ‘bullied’ by managers and agents.
Now according to The Sun, two more stars from the series are ready to share their experience after ‘finding the confidence’ to speak out.
“Momentum is gathering,” said the insider.
“There have long been rumours swirling about things involving NDAs and legal threats, but suddenly a few well-known faces are speaking out at once.
“It has given others the confidence to think about telling their stories too, and the momentum is gathering.
“Some of those who feel they were exploited and allege they were abused are extremely well known, but always feared speaking out could end their careers. That seems to be changing.”
A spokesperson for The X Factor told the Mirror: “Duty of care to our contestants is of the utmost importance to us. We take welfare very seriously and have measures in place to ensure that they are supported.”
The X Factor aired for 15 series on ITV between 2004 and 2018 and became a Saturday night ratings hit for the channel.
It launched the careers some of the UK’s biggest music acts in recent years including Little Mix and One Direction, who were put together by bosses on the show.
However, in the last month a number of X Factor alumni have been speaking negatively about their experience in the competition.
Cher Lloyd, who finished fourth on the 2010 series, has claimed she was ‘sold a dream’ when she starred on the show at the tender age of 17.
“How could I be so naive? They sold me the dream just to exploit me,” she sang in a TikTok video
“Said darling you’ll go far if you shake that a** and date a star. And if the record’s taking off we’ll take the money.”
It’s not the first time Cher has hit out at the talent show.
Last year, she claimed she’d been ‘thrown to the wolves’ after being sent death threats and racist abuse from viewers.
Twins John and Edward Grimes, better known as Jedward, have also been vocal on Twitter this week about their time on the show.
The pair said they regretted not telling the judges to ‘f*** off’ after being subject to criticism.
“Every contestant on The X Factor was a slave to the show and got paid Zero while they made millions!” claimed the brothers.
“The fact that every contestant has to act like their judge mentors them! When in reality all they care about is their pay check!”
Former 2010 contestant Rebecca Ferguson also used her social media as a platform as she campaigned for a parliamentary inquiry into the music industry generally.
Rebecca said artists needed protection from an ‘archaic’ systems that even compromised their health.
“At one point in my career I collapsed three times in a day, I was unconscious. My head hit the floor. No ambulance was called. This is one of many stories. This is the reality of artist mistreatment, this is why I fight,” she told her followers.
Rebecca said she’d previously been scared to speak out as she was concerned for the welfare of her children Lillie, 18, and Karl, 16.
Over the last week brothers Jedward have made a number of public allegations about The X Factor and the music industry, gaining support from their Twitter followers.
“‘This isn’t our story to tell! It’s an insight of how corrupt the music industry is! We’re sending courage & strength to all artists being f**k over! It ends now.
“Facts are facts we’re putting ourselves in a very dangerous position speaking out! Victims in the music industry need to be heard! Fans have known for years!
“Artists are on the brink of collapse at the end of touring and having to act like everything is ok! Humans can’t be owned Artists shouldn’t be owned!
“Eating disorders and depression are very common in the music industry and it’s cuz nobody cares about the artist’s mental health! only the money!”
The Irish twins continued to tweet: “Security hired to watch and report back to management like baby sitters taking away artists Freedom to grow!
“They always isolate artists from their families and make them dependent on fake industry friends who don’t have their back!”
“Non-Disclosure Agreements NDA’s are very prevalent in the music industry! Resulting in no one talking about the abuse/stuff that happens!” they alleged.
The pair ended the tirade by saying they were now ‘casually waiting for the lawyers to come threatening’ them.
Mirror Online has contacted representatives for X Factor and Simon Cowell for comment.