X Factor reject John Adeleye has admitted he was “overwhelmed” after being kicked off the reality show but vowed to carry on in the music business.

The 30-year-old Londoner ended up in the bottom two alongside Treyc Cohen after polling the fewest viewer votes among the 12 remaining acts.

He told ITV1’s Daybreak: “I just didn’t know what was going to happen, so the fact is I was quite overwhelmed to be in that position up against Treyc Cohen, who I think is a fantastic singer.”

He went on: “It was always going to be difficult for me.”

The former care-home worker said he was grateful for the opportunity to perform on the show but wished he had been given a few more weeks.

He said: “I love the fact that I came from working in a nursing home in the last couple of years to singing in front of 20 million people. It’s just amazing.”

Host Dermot O’Leary told John he had been “an absolute gentleman” throughout the show.

And John vowed to stay in the music business, saying: “I’m going to go into a room and put some music down and I’m going to come out and tear it up. I’ll come back. John A has left the building.”

In Saturday’s “guilty pleasures” themed show John sang a version of Zoom by Fat Larry’s Band.

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