X FACTOR: Celebrity’s Megan McKenna once had a furious bust-up with Simon Cowell where he told her she’d be a flop.
In unaired scenes from 2015 the former Towie star fought with the music mogul, 59, after he laughed at her for wanting to sing country music.
The 27-year-old auditioned for X Factor twice in 2014 and 2015, and got to boot camp on both occasions yet all evidence of her appearance on the talent show has apparently been removed.
Speaking to about her experience to the Daily Star in 2015 she said: “I was singing country and Simon said that wouldn’t work in the UK.
“And he said ‘you can’t sing country music because you’re from Essex’.
“I don’t think they treated me fairly.”
She went on: “For the first few rounds Simon loved me but suddenly I was told ‘You’re from Essex so no one will take you seriously.'”
But she added: “But I’m not going to give up. I would even go back to X Factor to prove them wrong.”
Well Megan certainly did do that.
Not only is she appearing on the celebrity version of X Factor, she also topped the Country Music iTunes chart back in 2017 with her debut single High Heeled Shoes – and even toppled Taylor Swift that week.
She has since toured the UK and the US with her album Story of Me.
But it is this weekend that Megan will be showcasing her talents back on X Factor as she stars on the star spin-off show.
She is joined by a whole host of celebrities including chat show host Ricki Lake, Glee’s Kevin McHale, The Chase’s Jenny ‘The Vixen’ Ryan and a group made up of Love Island stars Wes Nelson, Zara McDermott, Eyal Booker and Samira Mighty.
Speaking about Megan on the show, judge Louis Walsh told The Sun: “Megan McKenna will surprise a lot of people though.
“I was down in Essex for the first time ever this week. She is everything I thought she wasn’t.
“She takes it very seriously and works hard.”
- Catch the first epsiode of X Factor: Celebrity on Saturday at 8.35pm