Dizzee Rascal's X Factor blast

'Must Be The Music' judge Dizzee Rascal has blasted 'The X Factor' for exploiting contestants

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Dizzee Rascal

Dizzee Rascal

Dizzee Rascal has blasted 'The X Factor' for exploiting contestants.

The rapper - who is a judge on rival show 'Must Be The Music' - insists his programme allows hopefuls to record music on their own terms, unlike the ITV competition, which locks finalists into a recording deal with Simon Cowell's company Syco or parent company Sony BMG until a specified time period after the programme airs.

He said: "We give power back to the artists. It's in their hands. They earn all the money from their song on iTunes; we don't take any of their money. The artists make the money, the way it should be."

Dizzee - who sits on the judging panel with singer Sharleen Spiteri and jazz star Jamie Cullum - also blasted contestants on the rival show as "delusional" and only seeking instant fame.

He added: "Our acts are not deluded people who have woken up one day and decided that they want to be the best singer in the world.

"They know their craft, they've often been doing it for years. They know who they are and what they are about."

The 'Must Be The Music' final airs on Sky1 on Sunday (19.09.10).

Dizzee Rascal

Squawking young garage MC who combines the sublime and the ridiculous in his progressive music and has scored some huge hits with 'Bonkers', 'Holiday' and 'Dance Wiv Me'.

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