X Factor’s Danny Tetley battles severe illness ahead of live show amid fix claim
X Factor hopeful Danny Tetley is battling a severe throat infection ahead of Saturday night’s live show – and thinks it could prevent him from winning the series.
The singer, who first auditioned in front of Simon Cowell and Pete Waterman in 2001 before applying for The X Factor this year – is struggling to speak and sing 24 hours ahead of his live performance.
After scraping through and receiving harsh criticism last Sunday, Danny – who defended his song choice for the Guilty Pleasures theme – is worried his illness could stop him progressing.
"I did like the song. I thought I sang well. I do have a bona fide throat infection which is now hopefully on its way out and I’ve been panicking all week, because I’ve had no voice at all," he told Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes on today’s This Morning.
"So to sing like that, I hit the notes, I was proud, I was really chuffed with it. But when I heard some of the other singers singng songs that were not guilty pleasures, and were more like songs in their comfort zones, when I went out my comfort zones, I thought, ‘hmm’.
"A couple of the contestants agreed that their songs weren’t guilty pleasures," he added.
Eamonn asked him: "How do you know what your voice is going to sound like at the weekend?"
Danny revealed: "I do, because I know my voice. I’ve been professionally singing for 20 years plus, I’ve been vocally trained for a long time, I know my voice.
"I know what to do with it, I know when it’s going to come back. Plenty of steam, fresh ginger, honey, lemon, mint leaf and my voice will come back.
"It’s Fright Night, it’s Halloween so there may be a few questionable songs this week," he added.
Danny revealed his mentor Ayda Field has been "fantastic" support for him – even buying him expensive honey when he was ill last week – before dropping a hint that The X Factor is ‘fixed’ because he knows who will be in the final three in December.
"I want to do well for Ayda but I’m not going to win it," he went on.
"I know who’s going to win it, I’ve got a good feeling. I think the final three will be Dalton Harris, Shan, Scarlett Lee. I think they’re the talent elite, overall."
While ITV has always strongly denied any allegation that the show is fixed, it hasn’t stopped various claims cropping up over the years.
This year, concerns were raised that Robbie Williams and Ayda’s contestants were being given an unfair advantage with the songs they were handed – but X Factor hopeful Bella denied it.
She told Mirror Online: "The last thing on our mind is who has advantages. You literally go out there, sing for your life, then wait for the results. There isn’t room for any constant to ponder who has an advantage.
"Our brains are so full up with stuff you don’t get to think about stuff like that."
*The X Factor continues Saturday at 8.35pm on ITV
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