Lucie Jones Biography
X-Factor contestant Lucie Jones has not spoken to TV's Mr Nasty Simon Cowell since her contract ended and she has no desire to do so.
She still cannot forgive him for refusing to save her when the public vote put her in the bottom two. Having slagged off the Irish twins Jedward all series he did a complete u-turn and chose them over her.
"I did feel that Simon was victimising me and in some ways he was hypocritical for not saving me as he knew I could sing" she said. "I was so upset I burst into tears in front of the judges. Afterwards Simon walked out of the studio and tapped me on the nose and said "Chin up love" but all I could think of was I wanted to punch him."
Jones said he knew by not saving her it would make good television and it was his job to boost ratings. But she also said he should remember he was playing with people's lives too.
"Simon was always having a go at me" she said. "When I sang My Funny Valentine the other judges praised me but all he said was 'you've got a petal on your head' where one of the floating petals had landed and he looked at me like something he had scraped off his shoe."
After her shock exit ITV chiefs received 3,000 complaints that the result had been fixed. Jones was inundated with offers of work, but because of the contract X-Factor contestants sign she could not accept any of them as she was tied to the show until after the tour.
One of the offers was to audition for the hit musical "Les Miserables" in London's West End. As soon as the tour was over the management approached her again and asked her to audition for the role of Eponine. She got down to the last three but when she sang in front of Cameron Mackintosh he said he wanted to see her as Cosette.
She went away and learnt the songs and auditioned again and in May 2010 she learnt she had got the part. She took over the role from Camilla Kerslake on July 12th in the 25th anniversary year of the show at the Queen's Theatre in London and was given a 12 month contract.
Lucie Jones was also snapped up by Select Model Management who launched the careers of Agyness Deyn and Daisy Lowe. She still keeps in touch with her mentor Dannii Minogue who approves of her new career, but Jones still cannot believe it.
"At school I was tall and lanky and I wore braces on my teeth" she said. "I was a real geek and although I had one or two boyfriends I wasn't hugely popular with the opposite sex."
There have been rumours about a romance with her co-star in "Les Miserables" Nick Jonas, one of the Jonas brothers, but they have both denied it.
Jones has no wish to rush into another relationship having been betrayed by her boyfriend of two years, rugby player Ross Wardle. He sold his story to a newspaper revealing the intimate details of their relationship which ended three weeks after her audition in Cardiff.
She said "We both wanted different things and I don't think he could handle the fact I was going to leave him behind in Wales. We talked about our future together but I felt let down when he told me how we'd get a tub of ice cream and spend the night in bed, and the next day too."
She said it was wrong to reveal the personal details about their romance and he broke her heart as well as upsetting her parents.