Jay James has said he is fine with having lost his X Factor place to Stevi Ritchie because he thinks his fellow contestant is better for the show.

The ex-Navy Welshman was voted out of the ITV contest at the weekend when judges were split over who out of the pair should stay and viewers’ votes kept Stevi in the competition.

But Jay said he felt no bitterness towards Stevi, who is seen as The X Factor’s joke act for his out-of-tune singing and bizarre performances.

Stevi Ritchie

Stevi is the show’s entertainer (ITV)

He said: “I think he’s brilliant for the show and if I was at home, I would have been voting Stevi all the way because I think he’s better for the show than me, I do believe that.”

The X Factor continues on ITV on Saturday, when the theme will be Whitney Houston versus Elton John.