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24th Dec 2014

X Factor Star Hits Back at Simon Cowell After Jungle Jibe

Jake Quickenden has defended his decision to take part in the show.

Rebecca McKnight

Former X Factor contestant Jake Quickenden has hit back at Simon Cowell after he made comments about taking part in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

According to The Sun newspaper, the music mogul said that some of the aspiring singers in the competition lacked the determination to succeed.

He then added that they “are happy to come fourth or tenth and end up in the jungle” seemingly referring to Jake.

Simon Cowell pictured alongside Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

Now the 26-year-old, who came second in the show hosted by Ant and Dec, has allegedly responded.

He said: “It’s not about being famous for me, it’s about doing something I love. I love music but when I’m A Celeb came up, I didn’t think, ‘Oh, that could make me more famous.’

“I went out of The X Factor at the right time. I wasn’t as good as the other acts. And the fact I came out when I did meant that I got approached by I’m A Celeb which was the best thing that ever happened to me.”

Jake came second in this year’s I’m A Celebrity.