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X Factor responds to claims one of this year’s hopefuls already has a major record deal

Representatives have been forced to deny the rumours

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The latest series of X Factor has come under fire once again after it was reported that a contestant already has a record contract,

22 year old Drew Wedlake from Bristol got the coveted four yeses from judges after performing The White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army on Saturday.

Reports claim that Drew already has a record deal (Credit: Instagram)

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Drew told judges he works at his parents’ bed and breakfast, before going out busking when his shift is over.

However, some reports claimed that Drew already has a record deal with Horous music, after details emerged of his own EP and major social media following.

It led to raised eyebrows about why Drew didn’t mention this to judges.

X Factor reps have denied Drew already has a record deal [Credit: ITV]
Well, reps for X Factor have now explained that, saying, er, he doesn’t have a record deal so that’s why it wasn’t mentioned…

A spokesperson told “‘Drew has never been signed to a record label.

“He has only self-funded his own EP.”

Drew has hung out with James Arthur in the past [Credit: FameFlynet]
Meanwhile, Drew could be getting some tips on how to win X Factor as it’s emerged he appears to be pals with former winner James Arthur.

Posting a pic with James in 2014, he wrote: “Chilling with James Arthur today… amazing guy with an unreal voice!”

He’s even posted a cover of James’ hit Impossible on his popular YouTube channel.

Shereen had previously enjoyed success as part of girl group Neon Jungle (Credit: Twitter)

And Drew isn’t the only X Factor hopeful that seems to already have been rubbing shoulders with celebrities.

Shereen Cutkelvin auditioned with brothers Jay and Kay as The Cutkelvins, but it appears she had previously been a member of girl band Neon Jungle.

The band had a pop hit with Braveheart, and even performed at a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2013, alongside Taylor Swift.

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