Diana Vickers has declared that Cheryl Cole was “a fantastic mentor” during her time on The X Factor.
However, the ‘Once’ singer added that winning the talent competition does not solely depend on who the hopefuls are supported by.
Speaking to MTV News, Vickers said: “Cheryl was a fantastic mentor. She’s a real tough cookie and put that into her contestants. It was her first year and she did a great job with us girls.
“[But] I think as well as it being about the judge and the mentor, it’s more about the individual contestant and how much they want it. It’s also about what they give along with the support of the judge.”
Vickers, who came fourth in 2008’s X Factor, also explained that she felt Matt Cardle, from Dannii Minogue’s Boys category, had performed best in this year’s competition so far.
She said: “One chap that has stood out for me was Matt Cardle. For me, he stood out by a mile.”