A semi-finalist from The Big Deal shared how she felt like a failed musician on X Factor but a heroine on the talent show Virgin Media One.
Dublin-based Megan Burke said that when applying for Simon Cowell’s hit show 10 years ago, she knew it wasn’t the right one.
But now, by singing an Amy Winehouse number on the Irish series, she has earned praise from Boy George and Jedward as one to watch.
Megan, 29, told the Irish Mirror: “I entered the X Factor 10 years ago in Cardiff. Now I was just a baba.
“With the X Factor, not only is it so big that you’re just a number, but the people who have been doing it for 10 years are done with it, you’re just another failed musician to them.” .
“It made me realize everything I didn’t want about music. I’m not interested in being that poised popstar who never goes out of line.
“The X Factor is so important, as I got to know and relate to everyone on the Big Deal set.
“Ten years ago, I was 19, at that age you don’t know what you’re doing.
“I got to the bootcamp stage, but thank goodness I never did it on TV, but people realize I was on the X Factor when I tell people I was.”
Getting hailed as some sort of role model in a talent show has never been her thing.
She said: “You know these people who are so together, like that kind of role model for people.
“It’s not who I am or who I am, I never wanted to be put in this position.
“I started releasing my own music through Spotify, I wondered why I wouldn’t do something to have more ears to listen to my music, so I went with The Big Deal.”
Being true to herself is important: “I am myself without any excuse, I am who I am and I have been what I have been for 20 years, I don’t want to fit into a particular mold.
“I don’t want to dress a certain way or act a certain way, it takes away the legitimacy of what I’m doing.
“I don’t take myself too seriously, I don’t come to Instagram with my hair done, makeup, it’s just not who I am.
“I want to stay as close to myself as possible, I don’t want to be told to get rid of my tattoos or my nose ring.
“I help people on Instagram, I show the honesty of the music industry.”
The qualified music teacher admits that it can be difficult to earn a crust as a singer.
She said: “Sometimes I’m broken and I don’t have a dime in my name, other months I live like a queen.”