X Factor runner-up Rhydian Roberts has said that he wants to put the talent show behind him.

The Welsh singer said he cried with disappointment after coming second, and added that he believes there was a ‘technical fault’ on the voting lines.

Speaking to Real Radio Wales’ breakfast show from a cottage in Oxfordshire, Rhydian said he was trying to distance himself from the press and wished winner Leon Jackson ‘the best of luck’.

Referring to complaints from fans who say phone lines were jammed, Rhydian said: “How I see it is, it’s obviously a technical fault on the night, and it might have affected all three competitors. I can’t really complain.”

But he added: “I was really disappointed. I actually shed a tear.”

Despite his disappointment, the 24-year-old from Sennybridge, mid Wales, said he believed his career could actually benefit from him not winning the ITV contest.

Speaking of Leon’s victory, Rhydian told presenters Angela Jay and Tony Wright: “He’s a talented boy and has his niche with swing music. I wish him the best of luck.”

He denied reports that both he and his father believed the show was a fix, saying: “I can categorically say that I have not said any of that. I’ve stayed well clear – it’s not what I believe.

“The only disappointing thing for us as a family was that they got my dad’s age wrong. They said he was 60, so he’s livid. He’s only 58.”