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20 MAR

X Factor star Berget Lewis on Simon Cowell, mental health support and that iconic Dreamgirls role

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Berget is already an established singer in Holland

Former X Factor contestant Berget Lewis reveals that she didnt receive any aftercare support from the ITV series once she left the show, but fortunately didnt need it as she was surrounded by family.

The 47-year-old soul singer appeared in the 2017 series of The X Factor, narrowly missing out on live shows at judges houses.

Reality TV has come under fire this week with ITV announcing they will improve their treatment of Love Island contestants once they leave the series, following the tragic death of Mike Thalassitis last weekend.

Speaking to Metro.co.uk about her time on the series, Berget said: It was an interesting journey, Im happy.

For me, it was still a great experience even though I didnt end up on live shows but thats OK. It was an interesting journey and I needed that.

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Addressing her experience of X Factors aftercare, Berget explained: I had a good support system. After The X Factor I wasnt sad or mad. I was more like, did I make the right decision to join the competition? But I had a good [support system].

My family and friends really supported me so I didnt need a therapist. I can imagine when youre not used to fame and all of a sudden youre famous because all of my colleagues in Holland can relate to that.

While Berget is lucky enough to have a strong network of friends, she realises its sadly not the same for everyone.

The musician said: I know stories of people who just cant adjust to the fame. If you dont have a good support system, people to guide you along the way its difficult.

People are sensitive.

You need to realise its just a game, turn it around to something positive for yourself. If they cant handle social media and it can go wrong. Its sad if they cant cope with fame.

Berget has absolutely no regrets about doing The X Factor despite not making it to the live shows.

Berget has no regrets about The X Factor

I thought Ive got nothing to lose, I have a career in Holland and Im doing quite well, Berget explained.

Us artists, we always like to find our boundaries and give our creativity to the world. You always want to reach people through your music and I was trying to do that through the X Factor.

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Berget added: No regrets, but initially I wondered if I made the right decision. People think Im not a good singer but later on, I got so much public reaction and so much love.

I dont regret it. For me it was an interesting journey. I learned a lot. It doesnt make me a less singer, or person. Its just a TV show. It made me realise theres more after The X Factor, its not the end.

When I got back [home], I was like, “OK, move on”.

Simon Cowell was immediately blown away by Berget and her powerful version of Princes Purple Rain in her first audition.

Berget had no fears about coming face-to-face with TVs Mr Nasty, admitting: Simon is Simon. Everybody who watches The X Factor knows that.

Berget is also a member of Ladies Of Soul (Picture: Getty Images)

I have a lot of respect for him, hes a judge and he has to be strict. He has his right to his own opinion.

I dont have hard feelings towards Simon.

The X Factor stage isnt the only one which Berget has dazzled – she was a cast member of Dreamgirls in the Netherlands for 12 months, taking on the lead role of Effie White.

Recalling her time in the production fondly, Berget said: Me doing the role of Effie White, without audition?…

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I remember the first rehearsal and I had to sing And I Am Telling You, I studied but it was like second nature. I surprised even myself.

This role is totally me, I loved everything about it. It was perfect for me.

Berget will perform a Mothers Day show at Quaglinos on Sunday 31 March. Visit the website for more info.

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