Emeli Sande has warned new talent to avoid Simon Cowell's reality singing contest 'The X Factor'.

The Scottish singer, who isn't known for her strong opinions, revealed she finds it "depressing" that four people are "judging these people and really knocking their confidence".

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The Brit Award-winner, reportedly told The Daily Star: “I find it quite depressing. I find it sad that four people are judging these people and really knocking their confidence.

“I don’t think I would have considered appearing on 'The X Factor'... The kids who need music in their lives should just focus on their craft.

“I’d say don’t be in a rush. The pressure they put on kids is for it to happen right now, but your talent will always be there.”

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It was recently announced Sande, who enjoyed a series of high-profile appearances during the Olympics ceremonies last year, could pick up a pair of Ivor Novello awards.

Her number two track, 'Next To Me', is in the running to be named best song musically and lyrically after it was shortlisted along with 'Laura' by Bat For Lashes and Jake Bugg's 'Two Fingers'.

The same song is also shortlisted for most performed work along with Olly Murs' 'Dance With Me Tonight' and 'Paradise' by Coldplay.

Earlier this year, Sande scooped the most Brit Award nominations after being nominated for best female and best album, and with two songs in the best single category.

She took home two gongs on the night, adding to her Brits haul that already included 2012 critics' choice.

However, the Ivors - in their 58th year - are more highly prized within the music industry, because they are voted for by songwriters and composers.

They will be handed out at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House hotel in central London on Thursday 16 May.

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  • Grey Goose Winter Ball - London

    Emeli Sande attending the Grey Goose Winter Ball, to benefit the Elton John Aids Foundation, at Battersea Power Station in London.

  • Grey Goose Winter Ball - London

    Emeli Sande attending the Grey Goose Winter Ball, to benefit the Elton John Aids Foundation, at Battersea Power Station in London.

  • Skyfall Royal World Premiere Afterparty - London

    Emeli Sande arriving for the Skyfall Royal World Premiere afterparty at the Tate Modern, Bankside, London.

  • Mobo Awards 2012 - Liverpool

    Emeli Sande arriving for the MOBO Awards 2012, at the Echo Arena, Liverpool.

  • Mobo Awards 2012 - Liverpool

    Emeli Sande holds her awards for Best Female Act, Best R&B/Soul Act and Best Album in the press room, during the MOBO Awards 2012, at the Echo Arena, Liverpool.

  • Mobo Awards 2012 - Liverpool

    Emeli Sande arriving at the 2012 MOBO Awards, at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

  • Mobo Awards 2012 - Liverpool

    Emeli Sande arriving for the MOBO Awards 2012, at the Echo Arena, Liverpool.

  • GQ Men Of The Year Awards - London

    Solo Artist Of The Year Tinie Tempah with Emeli Sande at the 2012 GQ Men Of The Year Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London

  • GQ Men Of The Year Awards - London

    Solo Artist Of The Year Tinie Tempah with Emeli Sande at the 2012 GQ Men Of The Year Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London

  • Skyfall Royal World Premiere - London

    Emeli Sande and Adam Gouraguine arriving for the Royal World premiere of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

  • The Q Awards - London

    Emeli Sande with the Best Solo Artist award at the 2012 Q Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London

  • Emili Sande - iTunes Festival - London

    Emeli Sande performs at the iTunes Festival, at the Roundhouse in Central London.

  • Emili Sande - iTunes Festival - London

    Emeli Sande performs at the iTunes Festival, at the Roundhouse in Central London.

  • Emili Sande - iTunes Festival - London

    Emeli Sande performs at the iTunes Festival, at the Roundhouse in Central London.

  • Emili Sande - iTunes Festival - London

    Emeli Sande performs at the iTunes Festival, at the Roundhouse in Central London.

  • Emili Sande - iTunes Festival - London

    Emeli Sande performs at the iTunes Festival, at the Roundhouse in Central London.

  • Sande album enjoys Olympic boost

    Emeli Sande performing during the Closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London, as her appearances at the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies have helped her to overtake Adele with the biggest selling album of the year so far.

  • V Festival 2012 - Weston Park

    Emeli Sande performs to festival goers on the main stage at V Festival in Weston Park.


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