Booted out before it begins

Jason Butler
Jason Butler

A WIGAN singer who was head-hunted by Simon Cowell’s team has spoken out about his disappointment at having his hopes raised - and then dashed by X Factor bosses.

Jason Butler, of Whelley, was furious to be told TWO days before he was due to go to bootcamp that as there were too many successful contestants, he had been dropped - despite being promised a slot during his audition.

The 28-year-old Open Mic finalist said: “After competing in Open Mic UK early this year and making it through to the grand final at Birmingham NEC, I was asked by a producer from Syco records if I would be willing to do an X Factor audition.

“So I applied for the show and got great feedback from everyone and made it to the arena auditions at Manchester Event City earlier last month.

“I had the entire room (around 5,000 people) clapping along with me and even the judges where clapping along.

“Once I finished performing Feeling good by Michael Buble, I received a half room standing ovation and even got Simon Cowell applauding me.

“Nick Grimshaw and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini said they weren’t sure what genre I fitted, but I told them I was an all-rounder and to give me a chance.

“I received a yes from all judges and was absolutely thrilled. I went to receive my information from backstage and details for Bootcamp which would be held on July 27 in London (which I was told I was through to).I was buzzing. I had packed and was raring to go.

“It was only on July 21 that I received an email regarding the complications around the number of hopefuls put through to the next round.

“At no point before this did anybody give me any indication that I may not be through to Bootcamp in London.

“I then received a phone call two days before I was due in London saying that I had been dropped from the


“I am completely devastated as I have been so prepared for this moment only for the dream to be dangled in front of me and then snatched away because of bad organisation.

I think treating people who are meant to be “hopefuls” and “the talent they are looking for” like this is ridiculous.”

Jason, who works at Hovis in Cale Lane, is now in talks with Rocket Fuel HQ, which helps new artists.