03/11/2015 07:16 GMT | Updated 03/11/2015 07:59 GMT

Fleur East Slams Claims She's Had Preferential Treatment To 'X Factor' Winner Ben Haenow

Fleur East has hit back at claims that Simon Cowell is giving her special treatment over last year’s ‘X Factor’ winner, Ben Haenow.


Since last year’s ‘X Factor’ final, some fans have claimed that Fleur has been given preferential treatment over Ben, despite the fact that he was the public’s favourite week after week in last year’s competition, including the show where she performed her show-stopping take on ‘Uptown Funk’.

Ben Haenow

She added: “I think there should be space for both of us to do our thing. I don't see why we should compete with each other.”

Fleur will finally release her much-anticipated debut single, ‘Sax’, on Friday (6 November), with a performance to follow on ‘X Factor’ two nights later.

Ben’s debut effort, on the other hand, was released with little fanfare last month, and featured vocals from US singer, Kelly Clarkson.

The pair both performed at the Oxford Street Christmas lights switch-on event on Sunday evening… but embarrassingly, Fleur was billed higher up the event than Ben, despite being the runner-up.

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