Ed Sheeran backs X Factor's Andrea Faustini
Ed Sheeran is backing 'X Factor' contestant Andrea Faustini to win this year's show and thinks he is "fantastic"
This article is from 2014.
Ed Sheeran is backing Andrea Faustini to win 'The X Factor'.
The 'Don't' hitmaker revealed he is a huge fan of the Italian-born singer - who is competing in this year's series in Mel B's boys category - and has even messaged show boss Simon Cowell to rave about the "fantastic" contestant.
He told The Sun newspaper: "I texted Cowell about the Italian dude because I think he is fantastic."
Ed, 23, felt he could relate to the 20-year-old hopeful after he declared his love of pug dogs in his first audition by sporting a jumper emblazoned with a photo of a cute pup and the words, "I love pugs".
He explained: "I like his love of pugs as well that he gives no f**k and wears what he wants."
Another contender receiving celebrity support is pretty over 25's contestant Fleur East who is being advised by former JLS member J.B Gill - whose band were crowned runner-up of the competition in 2008 - as well as 2010 winner Matt Cardle.
She said: "Matt Cardle has messaged me, given me some encouragement.
"Also J.B. from JLS, who is a very good friend of mine, has been advising me."