Exclusive: Josh Daniel has his say on X Factor's changes: "They might be playing the retro card!"

Published Thursday, Apr 14 2016, 16:00 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Former X Factor star Josh Daniels may have hit the nail on the head when talking about this year's series of the show: "They might be playing the retro card."

Since he auditioned in front of Simon Cowell last year and The X Factor wrapped up another series, there have been many changes put in place when it comes to the talent competition's format.

We had live Judges' Houses, a presenting duo Olly Murs and Caroline Flack hosting the show and two brand new judges Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora. Now, Simon has resorted back to room auditions instead of contestants singing in front of a live audience, former host Dermot O'Leary is back taking the reigns and there's talk original judges Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne could be returning too...

X Factor star Josh Daniel
14 April

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Rita Ora, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Simon Cowell and Nick Grimshaw at X Factor audtions, July 2015

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Speaking to Reveal recently about the show that has shot him to stardom, Josh told us he can understand why X Factor is resorting back to its old ways.

"X Factor might be trying to play the retro card, see how people react to that," he said. "It's definitely nice to keep it fresh, but at the same time I think the public have a lot of time for Louis and Sharon - and Dermot, of course."

While he revealed he wouldn't mind seeing Simon flanked by his old buddies Louis and Sharon, Josh did admit it was a "shame" his old mentor Nick Grimshaw had stepped down from the panel.

And he's not the only one Josh thinks the show will miss: "Olly and Caroline injected a massive amount of fun into the series last year and there both great to be around."

The BFFs have been replaced by returning host Dermot, despite him choosing to leave The X Factor after eight years presenting the show.

"I think everyone will be excited for Dermot to come back, though," Josh added. "Everyone has a lot of love for Dermot."

Dermot O'Leary presenting The X Factor - 23/11/2014.

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Fans will also miss Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, as she recently confirmed she has quit The X Factor to focus on her music.

Cheryl said in a statement about her exit: "I have had such an amazing experience being a judge on The X Factor. I have learnt so much and enjoyed nurturing talent but I've missed making music and am excited to be recording again."

While The X Factor is still yet to confirm who will be stepping in to replace her and Grimmy, this year's hopefuls will no doubt be perfecting their auditions, as the new series prepares to begin filming.

Having experienced it all twice over (Josh originally auditioned for The X Factor back in 2012), Josh has warned the show's new contestants "it's not easy."

Josh Daniel X Factor audition
30 August 2015

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He said: "[The X Factor] very quickly propels you into a world that you won't be used to. It's hard work, a lot harder than it looks on TV. It's late nights, early mornings, not a lot of sleep - it's a completely different world.

"Go into it and try and be as mentally and physically prepared for it as you can."

Josh made it through to Judges' Houses on last year's series. Since then, he has been working with Jay Z's label Roc Nation and recently released the full version of 'Jealous' (his audition track) after being inundated with requests from fans.

He is set to release his debut single later this year.

Josh's full version of 'Jealous' is now available to stream and download now on iTunes and Spotify

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