Former X Factor winner, and current Dancing On Ice contestant, Shayne Ward, has revealed that he blames the music mogul, Simon Cowell for his failed pop career.
Shayne won the 2005 reality talent show having been the firm favourite from the very first live show. He went on to release two, quite successful albums following his time in the competition, but then after his third album, obsession, failed to make the top ten in the charts, was dropped from his record label, Syco music.
Now Shayne, who toured with the hugely popular West End musical, Rock Of Ages, after his music career came to an abrupt halt, has said that he feels he was neglected by X Factor puppeteer, Simon Cowell, saying that music execs at Cowell’s label did not spend enough time or effort on his career, instead focussing their efforts on other show winners such as Leona Lewis.
Speaking to New! magazine, Shayne, who has been paired with former DOI winning professional, Maria Filippov in this years series, admitted: “I’d be lying if I said it was fine — I’d have liked more attention.”
The Manchester born singer is now hoping that his latest project, ITV’s Dancing On Ice, will help reinvent him as an artist, and resurrect his singing career.
He continued: “People have got to remember that the label took me away for three years.
“That three years didn’t do me any favours. I lost a large fanbase and released my Obsession album and before I knew it, I wasn’t with a label.”
However, despite this revelation, Shayne insists he has no hard feelings towards Cowell, claiming: “I don’t see the point in being bitter.
“Let’s just say better decisions could have been made on certain things. I’m very happy with what I achieved with the time I had with the label.”
One of Shayne’s, who is engaged to Trollied star Fay McKeever, last high-profile performances as a singer was at the 2010 X Factor finals.
Watch one of Shayne’s X Factor performances in the clip below:
Dancing On Ice continues on Sunday at 6.15pm on ITV1/ITV1 HD