John Adeleye, one of this year’s X Factor finalists, has already had a career in the music industry and won awards for his songwriting skills.

In another story guaranteed to fuel rumours of X Factor fixing, it’s been revealed that one of Louis Walsh’s finalists in the over-28s category has already been signed to one of the world’s biggest record labels and has won a prestigious MOBO award.

According to The Sun, John Adelee, 29, was previously known as J’Nay, was signed to Universal-Island record label and won the Unsung Artist of the Year prize at the 2003 MOBO Awards.

John has also penned tracks with Robbie Williams’ co-songwriter Guy Chambers, appeared on GMTV and worked with Brit boyband JLS.

The X Factor hopeful who initially wowed the judges at his first audition by singing You Are So Beautiful, went on to become one of Louis’ top three after an impressive judge’s house audition.

An X Factor spokesman said: “John doesn’t have a recording contract and is eligible to be in the competition.”

The first of The X Factor live shows screens on Saturday, 9 October.