Last night’s (not live) show The Voice saw the departure of Sam Buttery from Sir Tom Jones’ group and Sophie Griffin from Will.i.am’s group and it didn’t take long for Buttery to spill the beans on the show.
He revealed that he and the other contestants received money for appearing on the show, unlike The X Factor.
Acts on The X Factor receive no money and have to share a house with all the other contestants once they get through to the live shows, Buttery revealed that the acts on the BBC show receive payment for their performances on the show as well as getting their travel expenses paid, a food allowance and are put up in housing with a few other contestants.
Buttery though has had all that severed after leaving the show. Last night saw Sir Tom choose to save duo Matt and Sueleen instead. Buttery said he was heart broken but the process has already left him feeling like an “artist.”
He said, “I wouldn’t be feeling this positive if I’d just been kicked off The X Factor. I think I’ve been treated really well. I haven’t tried out for The X Factor but I know people who have and they didn’t enjoy it as much. On The Voice you are called every day and asked how you’re feeling and you are paid the money to do what you do. They give you expenses money, money for food and a fee for performing and it’s in the interests of fairness. There is a professionalism to the show. We don’t get paid a lot but it’s a gesture. It makes you feel valued. I haven’t been left feeling exploited or anything.”
He added though that it also made it harder for him to leave, “It’s massively gutting, I had a really nice experience. I was a bit weepy but I am OK, and I’ve learned a lot.”
He also added that he was allowed freedom with his styling, something The X Factor doesn’t allow and has stylists to dress the contestants, “The styling was all me. They let me do whatever I wanted to do.”
The Voice continues this weekend with Jessie J’s and Danny’s team battling it out to keep their place for an extra week.