X Factor's Jay James on Stevi Ritchie: "I went out to my best mate"

Published Monday, Nov 17 2014, 13:15 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Jay James Picton has defended fellow X Factor contestant Stevi Ritchie, saying he is "better" for the competition.

Last night, Jay was voted off the show after ending up in the bottom two with Stevi. With the judges unable to make a decision, the vote went to deadlock and Jay was sent home after receiving the least amount of public votes.

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


Jay (left) and Stevi (right) wait to hear the results, as Dermot (far right) reveals who will be leaving.

Following the results show, Stevi, who has previously acknowledged being called a 'joke act', responded to messages via social media suggesting he should have been the one to leave.

Speaking to Reveal this morning, Jay says Stevi deserves his place in the competition.

"If I'm being honest, as a viewer I would have been Stevi all the way," Jay tells us. "I'd be like '#BelieveInSteve!' He's so much fun for the show and he's a great performer. I think you need that.

"I do think he's better than me for the competition. He's a lovely, warm hearted man that deserves to win in life."

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


The former Royal Navy fitness instructor says he and Stevi had the closest bond in the house.

"We're like brothers in that house and we've been together since bootcamp," says Jay. "We became a real support system for each other. In a weird way it's quite apt that I go out to my best mate in the competition. I love the bloke."

However, Jay did say that he is worried Stevi will get "upset" by negative comments, as he had to console Stevi last week after Paul Akister was voted off.

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


"I'm a little bit worried he's going to be upset," Jay continues. "Last week, he got a bit of s**t on Twitter. He reads everything and he gets upset and he gets affected by it. I was telling him that he can't think like that.

"We're getting the best of Stevi and I hope he goes on to have so much success and love from everyone."

Now that Jay is out of the competition, who is he backing to win?

"I can't call it. I think Fleur East is an absolute superstar. I hope she wins it, or Ben Haenow, he's lush. Ben's such a lovely lad and he's an incredible talent as well."

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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 exit below: