X Factor finalist Austin Drage has revealed that last year’s winner Leon Jackson has been giving him advice on how to succeed in the competition.

Austin met Leon, who releases his debut album later this month, at the boot camp stage of the auditions in 2007.

He told whatsontv.co.uk: “Leon’s a good friend of mine and he’s been giving me advice, saying ‘be yourself mate’. We’re close enough that if he thought I was showing a side of me that was wrong he’d put me in my place.”

He added: “He’s an absolute diamond bloke. I can’t say enough nice things about him.”

Austin just had one question for his mate, asking: “When am I going to get a signed copy of the album?”

Austin will perform live on The X Factor for the first time on Saturday night.

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