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Former Kent finalist still believes show has the X Factor

Watch: Ben talks to reporter Adam Williams about his time on the show

Three years after reality television catapulted him into the limelight, Ben Mills still believes the X Factor justifies a place on the Saturday listings.

Talking on the eve of a new series, the 29-year-old admits having no regrets about his time on the show.

He said: "It’s put me where I want to be. It’s meant I’m making a living out of playing music.

"People know who I am so that when I do release something, they’re more inclined to go out and buy it and take it seriously."

Ben, who last month married long-term partner Melissa and lives in Blean, near Canterbury, was able to leave behind his marquee business and pursue his musical dreams under then mentor Sharon Osbourne. But, he admits some former finalists have been treated better than others after leaving the show.

He added: "We made the choice to go on the show and we knew what we were letting ourselves in for.

"Some winners have been treated really well, while some have just disappeared.

"I definitely think it’s more about the show now than about finding an act and taking them all the way through to the end."

Read more of Adam Williams' interview with Ben in next week's Kentish Gazette.

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