Two further X Factor rejects return

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 July 2013
Gary Barlow at The X Factor auditions

Impressed judge Gary Barlow

Former 'X Factor' contestants Joseph Whelan and John Adams have progressed to the show's Boot Camp for a second time, despite previously slamming the series

Two former 'X Factor' rejects have returned for this year's Boot Camp, despite previously slamming the show.

Ex-contestants Joseph Whelan and John Adams, who have previously branded the ITV series as "cruel" and even suggested the competition could be a fix, have made it through the audition stages of the programme after impressing judges Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger, Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh.

Shortly before performing this time around, Wolverhampton salesman Joseph swallowed his pride and said: "Nothing to lose and everything to gain."

The wannabe - who began his career in a Metallica tribute band - was a favourite last year, winning over fans after expressing his devotion to his son Kian.

He hit out at producers following his axing, which prompted 200,000 fans to take to Facebook to campaign for him to be reinstated.

He previously said: "'The X Factor' set me up for a fall. They shafted me by praising me so highly - then sending me home. But 'The X Factor' loves controversy. They obviously decided the backlash was worth getting rid of me for."

Meanwhile, maths teacher John Adams also failed to make the cut at the Judges Houses stage of the competition in 2011. He later slated the lack of support for hopefuls.

He said: "It's quite a cruel show really. Once you're out it's a train ticket and out the back door."

Other rejects who have returned this year include bands Rough Copy and Dolly Rockers as well as Irish wannabe Melanie McCabe.

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