Joe McElderry has said he does not mind being left out of the trailer for the forthcoming series of The X Factor, which features past winners and others who have gone on to achieve post-show success.
The singer won the 2009 series of the show ahead of runner-up Olly Murs – but while he appears in the trailer along with the likes of Alexandra Burke, One Direction, Leona Lewis and Little Mix, there is no sign of Joe – or other winners such as Shayne Ward.
However he said of the snub, “I’m not on Simon’s label so I wouldn’t expect him to promote me. If they want to erase the fact I won X Factor or try and hide it, I don’t care.
“Personally I am proud I came from X Factor. If Simon doesn’t feel the same then you’ll have to ask him why.”
Joe’s remarks come after Shayne Ward, who won the second series in 2005 and is currently starring in Rock Of Ages in the West end, took to Twitter to express his disappointment at not being included in the clip.
“Just seen the new Xfactor promo video,” he said after it was released. “Yet again it’s like I’m being erased slowly from their history. Pathetic really would love to know why.”
Joe scored a chart-topper with his debut single The Climb after winning The X Factor but was kept from the Christmas number one spot after a campaign to get Rage Against The Machine’s Killing In The Name to the top proved successful.
He was later dropped by the record label but went on to win the ITV1 series Popstar To Operastar.