Former 'X Factor' contestant lauds 'genius idea' to get Sharon back

Former 'X Factor' contestant lauds 'genius idea' to get Sharon back

Amelia Lily thinks it's a "genius idea" to get Sharon Osbourne back on 'The X Factor'.

The 18-year-old singer - who finished third on the programme in 2011 - admits she would have loved to have had the 60-year-old star, who was judge from 2004 to 2007, as her mentor because she's a "hero" and knows the ins and outs of the show.

Speaking exclusively to BANG Showbiz, Amelia said: "I think it's going to be quite strange obviously having Sharon Osbourne back but I also think it's a genius idea because it's the 10th series. So I think it's going to be interesting to see her back because she knows how the show works.

"I would have liked to have had her as my mentor. She's a hero."

The 'You Bring Me Joy' hitmaker believes 'X Factor' viewing figures have slumped in recent years because the public are bombarded by a string of similar shows, but she is confident Sharon's return can boost ratings.

She explained: "I think there are so many TV shows going on nowadays and there's so much choice to pick from like what to watch so I literally think it's people's opinions.

"There's a chance that it could improve with Sharon being on it this year. It'll be interesting to see but it's entirely up to the public."

Amelia claims 2011 'X Factor' winners Little Mix - who are made up of Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards - were born to be stars and knew the girl band would be a big hit after the show.

She said: "I'm not at all surprised that Little Mix went on to do so well. I always knew they'd go on to be really successful. They're four great girls and they deserve absolutely everything."

Amelia is working with Lil-Lets to launch 'Becoming A Teen' - a campaign that aims to help reassure and educate young girls on the issues they face when going into and throughout the teenage years.

For more information and advice please visit becomingateenuk.

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