X Factor's Ben Haenow on Fleur East: "It's friendly competition"

Published Monday, Nov 30 2015, 13:05 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
X Factor's Ben Haenow has said he and Fleur East are in competition with each other - but it's only friendly.

Ben won the ITV talent show last year, pipping Fleur to the post who was runner-up.

Ben Haenow at the Free Radio Live 2015 - Birmingham.
28 November 2015.

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As winner, Ben bagged a recording contract with Simon Cowell's record label Syco Music, and ood news was just around the corner for Fleur too, as Simon signed her to the same label a month later.

Now nearly a year on, and both stars of the show are releasing their debut albums.

Both Ben and Fleur joined the line-up for Free Radio Live 2015 at the weekend in Birmingham, making it somewhat of a mini X Factor reunion.

Speaking to Free Radio Live's Adam Wilbourn, Ben said: "Totally for us [friendly competition]. Competition wise, we're two completely different artists so with regards to the route we're taking it's definitely different."

Fleur East at the Free Radio Live 2015 - Birmingham.
28 November 2015.

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Ben said he is actually grateful to be on the same journey as Fleur.

"Playing agin with Fleur, someone who came off the same show as me - it's amazing to have a friend in the charts at the same time," he said. "We're taking over the world together."

Earlier this month Fleur said that she didn't understand why she was being constantly pitted against Ben.

"I don't understand why because we are so different," Fleur told the Daily Star. "There's room for both of us. I'd like to sing with him one day because I never got to do it on the show, only hip-hop tracks around the X Factor house.

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