Former Pop Idol winner Will Young has stated that he finds The X Factor too self-aware.

The singer told Digital Spy that he “loved” the innocence of previous talent shows such as Pop Idol, which he won in 2001, even if they were less slick than Simon Cowell's current vehicle.

“Everything evolves. Pop Idol looks like Eurovision from the 1970s now, but I f-ing loved it," he told Digital Spy at the BNP Paribas Tennis Classic.

“People know the possibilities [now]. I didn't know the possibilities, so it genuinely was really exciting. It's always different when there's a knowingness to it. It is what it is.”