X Factor's Jay James Picton: "Bullying claims crushed me"

Published Monday, Nov 17 2014, 12:13 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
X Factor's latest casualty Jay James Picton has hit back at claims that he is a "bully" and the "most hated" contestant.

Jay was voted off the singing competition during last night's results show (16 November) after ending up in the bottom two with Stevi Ritchie.

X Factor results show - Jay James Picton - 16 November 2014.


Dermot O'Leary revealed that Jay would be going home after receiving the least amount of public votes, and soon enough, his mentor Simon Cowell joined him on stage to praise and defend the singer.

Simon said the claims about Jay were "completely not true", and he praised the 30-year-old for being a "gentleman" to work with.

Speaking to Reveal this morning, Jay tells us: "I was gutted about that. I was made aware of it yesterday morning and it crushed me. I'm a massive people person, I really am, and I hate seeing people upset.

X Factor results show - Jay James Picton and Simon Cowell


Simon defended Jay last night.

"Throughout this competition there have been people in that position and I've been the first one to comfort them, so to find myself in that position… I was like, 'What the f**k?'

"That was horrible and at that moment I thought that if I was to go I'd be happy because that's not what I'm about at all. It's the polar opposite of what I am."

Jay, who says he took on a "father figure role" in the house, continues: "I didn't expect Simon to bring it up but I'm really grateful that he did. It's total b****cks and I was really upset by it. I genuinely hope that people have seen enough of me to know that I'm not that type of person and I wouldn't condone that bull***t."

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The public voted, but do you think Stevi was right to stay over Jay?
YES - He won 'deadlock' fair and square47.96%
NO - Jay should've stayed! 52.04%

Watch Jay's sing-off performance below: