Aiden Grimshaw is not the same Aiden Grimshaw that we all knew and loved (for a couple of weeks) on The X Factor.

Ahead of his baptism of musical cred­ib­il­ity at The Great Escape in Brighton last weekend the Katie Waissel casualty confessed to serious altern­at­ive music pub­lic­a­tion The Fly: "I don’t feel like X Factor Aiden anymore".

In fact, such is his cred­ib­il­ity that he went off and blew all his cash from singing 'Mad World' on booze. "I feel like some dude who’s had a bit of money," he said, "spent it all, got pissed a lot and wrote an honest album."

'Some dude'.