Wham! singer Andrew Ridgeley slams X Factor for its 'brutality' and says that the rejected contestants may suffer mentally

  • Andrew Ridgeley 'wouldn't be surprised' if rejection is 'very harsh' for children
  • Told Cheltenham Literature Festival X Factor is 'brutal' for those told to leave 
  • Previously said The Voice, Fame Academy and Popstars  had 'unearthed talent'
  • Said ending Wham! at 1986 concert was 'slight betrayal' of fanbase, on Saturday 

Andrew Ridgeley told Cheltenham Literature Festival that X Factor is brutal and he 'wouldn't be surprised' if the failure to make the next round had 'harsh consequences' for children

Andrew Ridgeley told Cheltenham Literature Festival that X Factor is brutal and he 'wouldn't be surprised' if the failure to make the next round had 'harsh consequences' for children

Wham! star Andrew Ridgeley has criticised television talent shows such as X Factor for their ‘brutality’ – and said rejected contestants may suffer mentally.

The 80s pop star, pictured – who shot to fame in his double act with George Michael – said shows including The Voice, Fame Academy and Popstars, had ‘unearthed talent over the years’.

But, speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival on Saturday, Mr Ridgeley said: ‘It’s a very brutal way of doing that. 

There’s a lot of the way the process is very harsh on some of those kids.’ The 56-year-old added: ‘I wouldn’t be surprised if the consequences could be harsh on some of those who don’t make it.’

Discussing his new book, Wham!, George and Me, Mr Ridgeley also revealed that he believed the decision to end Wham! with a single farewell concert at Wembley Stadium in 1986 was ‘a slight betrayal’ of their global fanbase. He added: I thought we should have toured.’ 

Mr Ridgeley (pictured left with George Michael) revealed how he thought the ending of Wham! with a farewell concert at Wembley in 1986 was a 'slight betrayal' of their fans, while talking about his new book Wham!, George and Me, at the literary festival

Mr Ridgeley (pictured left with George Michael) revealed how he thought the ending of Wham! with a farewell concert at Wembley in 1986 was a 'slight betrayal' of their fans, while talking about his new book Wham!, George and Me, at the literary festival

He is seen with Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford on This Morning to discuss the new book which is his 'tribute' to George Michael, on October 11

He is seen with Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford on This Morning to discuss the new book which is his 'tribute' to George Michael, on October 11

Wham! singer slams X Factor for its 'brutality' and says rejected contestants may suffer mentally 

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