John Adeleye has claimed The X Factor was all about the bickering between the judges and not about his performance.

The 30-year-old singer was booted off the talent show on Sunday night after landing in the bottom two, which he blames on Simon Cowell criticising his mentor Louis Walsh for choosing bizarre backing dancers, rather than his own singing ability.

John told The Press Association: “Hearing the judges’ opinions, especially Simon’s, I thought it was really strange he decided to talk about them (the dancers) more than my performance. I thought that was quite weird actually.”

The aspiring chart star claimed the row over the dancers had detracted from his singing.

He said: “I always find it really unfair that the judges decide to have conversations among themselves and bicker among themselves about things like that.

“I would actually prefer it if they were to reference my performance and how good and how bad I did. That would be to my liking. If they said it was really bad, it was really bad – but they didn’t say that. They said it was actually a really good performance. They said I sang it really well and I performed out of my skin.”

And John said he felt Simon had the power to influence how viewers voted by making critical remarks.

He claimed: “I think he does influence with what he says. Simon’s a very powerful man and a lot of people go with his opinion. He’s very honest.

“But like I said before, Simon’s comments were less about me and more about something else and I felt that damaged my chances quite a lot.”