X Factor’s Joe McElderry Reacts To Darius Campbell Danesh’s ‘Tragic’ Death.

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 Former X Factor winner Joe McElderry has given his reaction to the death of Pop Idol’s Darius Campbell Danesh and his thoughts on the reports that X Factor could be rebooted after a four-year hiatus.  
Chatting to hosts Bobby Norris and Stephen Leng on the showbiz gossip programme Access All Areas, the singer revealed that he had met Darius Campbell Danesh “a few times” and seen him in “a few musicals” prior to his death. 

Regarding his passing, Joe said: “[He was] such a talent and such a lovely guy. It’s so sad. At such a young age as well. It’s tragic.”  

 He went on to say: It’s such a loss, you know, and I was just looking actually, so many friends that obviously knew him a lot more than I did in the industry have had so many wonderful things to say about him and how much of a lovely person he was. So, yeah, just thoughts go to his family. It’s awful.”  

Later in the interview, McElderry, who won X Factor back in 2009, gave his thoughts on the show potentially returning to our screens and the changes he’d hope to see: “I hope if it does come back, they do make some more changes to make it a bit more of a safe space for artists in terms of the way the contracts are formed and the aftercare of the artists and things like that.” 

He continued: “We’re hearing more and more stories about how people suffered on those shows, and not just X Factor, lots of other reality shows as well. It’s not just that one. I do think changes are being made but I still think there’s a long way to go. So, I hope if it does come back, it’s made in a safe place in the artists’ interests that are going onto the show.” 



Listen to the full episode of Access All Areas, also featuring Amber Gill and Dan Rhodes here.

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