X Factor reject Danyl Johnson says he struggled to live up to expectations after Simon Cowell hailed his first audition as the best he had ever seen.

The 27-year-old drama teacher from Reading – who was voted off the show on Sunday – recieved high praise and an audience standing ovation for his rendition of The Beatles’ With A Little Help From My Friends in his audition.

Danyl said: “It was only a disadvantage towards me – I had to beat that performance.

“It was a bit like when Susan (Boyle) – and I’m not comparing it in any way – but it’s a bit like when Susan did her audition. The first time it’s easier to wow.”

He added: “You’re always going to be up against that performance, it’s just so over-hyped.”

Danyl admitted he was ‘really gutted’ to have got as far as the semi-final and not win the show, but insisted he was looking on the positive side.

“I’m obviously really gutted because we get this far in the competition and you’re one space away from being in the final and then you’ve got to go home.

“But it’s nothing to be ashamed of being fourth place and I’ve really had a really good time, I’ve had a bad time as well, but I’ve had more good times.

“Diana Vickers came fourth last year and she’s doing really good right now so you’ve got to be happy with that.”