Little Mix star Jesy Nelson isn't a fan of "novelty acts" on The X Factor

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Little Mix star Jesy Nelson has had her say on The X Factor and its "novelty acts", claiming that she doesn't think it's fair that they are on the show.

Jesy knows all too well what it's like to compete on The X Factor, after auditioning for the show back in 2011 and going on to win with girl group Little Mix, and she's now made it very clear that the competition shouldn't entertain acts that can be deemed as a joke.

The X Factor has seen it's fair share over the years (Jedward, we're looking at you...), and Jesy has claimed if Little Mix hadn't got through on the show because of a 'novelty act' she would have been "f**ked off."

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Speaking to our friends over at Digital Spy, Jesy explained: "I don't think it's fair that novelty acts get through. I get it in that it becomes a little niche thing and everyone finds it funny, but I just think it's so unfair when so many incredible people don't get through."

She added: "If that would've been 'the case] on our year, I would've been f**ked off."

Jesy's comments come after Honey G, one of Sharon Osbourne's hopefuls currently competing in the live shows, has had to hit back at claims she is a "novelty act."

Honey G, The X Factor
9 October

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Honey has divided viewers and while some are all for her being on the show, others have questioned it. In fact, a petition was started by a relative of Samantha Atkinson to get Honey G removed from the live shows, after the rapper was given a spot in the final twelve and Sam was not, and even Nicole has said she thinks Honey "is a novelty act."

Nicole told Reveal: "Oh yeah, Honey G is a novelty act. Do I see her as a serious artist? Maybe she's got some other stuff hidden up her sleeves."

Honey, meanwhile, has said it is "insulting" to be branded a joke.

She told WhatsOnTV: "I AM the finished article. I might not have the most amazing voice but I'm a heavyweight rapper, singer and producer and I write my own lyrics, so I've got real skills to bring to the table. To be regarded as a joke is really insulting."

Honey G, The X Factor
8 October


Honey G appeared to win over the judges during her first live performance.

She took to the stage for the first week of the live shows and performed her rendition of Tupac's 'California Love'. While Nicole said Honey had the whole arena chanting, Simon Cowell told Honey he now understands that she is "serious" about winning the show.

Simon said: "I don't know what's just happened. But here's the weird thing…I loved it. I just really like you. I thought you weren't serious when you first came in, but now. I realise that you are."

Honey survived the first public vote. Louis Walsh's group Bratavio were the first act to be sent home, after finding themselves in the bottom two alongisde Saara Alto. Following the sing off, Saara was saved by the judges.

The X Factor continues Saturday 15 October on ITV.

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