Ben Haenow on The X Factor curse: "I think I've got a good chance!"

Published Friday, Oct 16 2015, 11:53 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
X Factor winner Ben Haenow has said he isn't phased by the curse the singing competition has attached to it, insisting he has a "good chance" to build a successful career as a popstar.

Asides from the likes of One Direction, Little Mix and Leona Lewis, many stars that have emerged from the competition have struggled to keep their name floating about the music biz. Bands like Stereo Kicks know all too well the pressures of trying to get their music out there and how hard it can be, but Ben is hopeful he'll be sticking around for a while longer.

Opening up to Mail Online's FEMAIL, he claimed: "No one wants to talk too soon but I think we've got a good chance with it."

Ben Haenow attends Believe In Magic Cinderella Ball held at the Natural History Museum
8 October

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"Fingers crossed you know?" He added. "There is that stigma of the curse... but I'm really happy with the input I've had in everything and what we're putting out there. Regardless of what happens, I can put my hands up and know I've given everything to this."

And hoping to make a big impression with his debut single, Ben has teamed up with Kelly Clarkson on his track 'Second Hand Heart'.

Explaining how the collaboration came about, Ben revealed the tune was originally penned as a solo, but Sony bosses recommended drafting in Kelly for the duet. Luckily for him, the American Idol star fell in love with the song and couldn't wait to get started.

"You don't expect that [Kelly] is going to work with you," he said. "Especially when you hear she doesn't particularly work with many people."

Ben continued: "Kelly is amazing... to have the longevity and success she's had in her career from American Idol was inspiring for me."

Ben Haenow's new single Second Hand Heart featuring Kelly Clarkson

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Ben was crowned the winner of last year's X Factor beating show favourite Fleur East to the title. Throughout the competition he was mentored by Simon Cowell and a year on, Ben is still thanking the music mogul for his success.

"I owe a huge amount to him," he gushed. "He believed in me and mentored me through the show so I feel like he's a really big part of my career."

Following the release of his single, Ben will be dropping his debut album that is comprised mostly of original songs penned by him.

One, however, was written for him by 'Thinking Out Loud' singer Ed Sheeran, but Ben recently revealed the track didn't make the cut when it came to choosing the final listing for his album.

"It's brave and stupid," Ben told The Sun. "I wanted to write my own stuff and get it on there. He [Ed] sent a song for us to look at. I did think, 'This isn't going on the album? Is this the stupidest thing I've ever done?'"

Ben's track 'Second Hand Heart' ft. Kelly Clarkson is available to buy now.

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