Simon tells X Factor acts: 'Choose your own songs'

Simon tells X Factor acts: 'Choose your own songs'
Simon tells X Factor acts: 'Choose your own songs' (Image credit: Ken McKay)

Simon Cowell has told the remaining X Factor contestants they can pick their own songs to peform on the show after getting fed up of all the moaning. The X Factor boss has been getting increasingly fed up with contestants complaining about the songs they have been given by their mentors. According to the Express he has told them: "You're on your own." Simon ordered the remaining 10 acts to his dressing room after Sunday night's results show to tell them they could make their own song choices but the responsibility would be theirs if they failed to impress. Numerous contestants have criticised their song choices over the past few weeks including Brazilian Wagner who admitted he had never even heard of Meatloaf's Bat Out Of Hell. And Matt Cardle, one of this year's favourites to win, confessed he was 'not impressed' at being given the Britney Spears hit Baby One More Time to sing. A source said: "Simon has warned them that 'on their heads be it' if they go against their mentor. If they pick a song and the public hate it and they are voted out, it will be their own fault."

Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.