Cher Lloyd: "Not Winning The X Factor Was A Blessing"
14 February 2012, 12:36 | Updated: 14 February 2012, 12:56
The 'Swagger Jagger' singer believes she is allowed more creative freedom than the artists who win the show.
Cher Lloyd has confessed that she is pleased she never won the 2010 series of The X Factor.
The 'Want U Back' singer told Fabulous magazine that coming fourth in the show has allowed her more creative freedom then she would have gained by becoming champion.
She said: "It's a blessing that I didn't win. I mean, a girl like me was never going to win anyway, but I'm glad I came fourth because otherwise I wouldn't be doing all this now.
"I don't have no one holding me back. No one ever will. I'm allowed to do whatever I want creatively. I might have come from a reality TV show, but I'm not a puppet and I won't be treated like one. You can't put me in a box. If you're going to be somebody, do it your way."
The singer also went on to add that she was upset in how the programme edited her time in the show but wanted to show she was "strong enough" to compete.
She added: "Everyone hated me. I was young and foolish. Part of me was trying to show I was strong enough to do it, and then I think it all got too much for me.
"I've definitely changed a lot. I know how to deal with certain situations now, and I've learned to compromise. If there's something I'm not happy with, I say so, but in the right way. Nothing's so bad that it's the end of the world."
Meanwhile, Cher announced her engagement to boyfriend Craig Monk earlier this year and recently released her new single 'Want U Back which is the third to be lifted from debut album 'Sticks + Stones'.