X Factor star Berget Lewis on Simon Cowell, mental health support and that iconic Dreamgirls role

Berget is already an established singer in Holland

Former X Factor contestant Berget Lewis reveals that she didn’t receive any aftercare support from the ITV series once she left the show, but fortunately didn’t need it as she was surrounded by family.

The 47-year-old soul singer appeared in the 2017 series of The X Factor, narrowly missing out on live shows at judges’ houses.

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Speaking to Metro.co.uk about her time on the series, Berget said: ‘It was an interesting journey, I’m happy.

‘For me, it was still a great experience even though I didn’t end up on live shows but that’s OK. It was an interesting journey and I needed that.’



Addressing her experience of X Factor’s aftercare, Berget explained: ‘I had a good support system. After The X Factor I wasn’t sad or mad. I was more like, did I make the right decision to join the competition? But I had a good [support system].

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‘My family and friends really supported me so I didn’t need a therapist. I can imagine when you’re not used to fame and all of a sudden you’re famous because all of my colleagues in Holland can relate to that.’

While Berget is lucky enough to have a strong network of friends, she realises it’s sadly not the same for everyone.

The musician said: ‘I know stories of people who just can’t adjust to the fame. If you don’t have a good support system, people to guide you along the way it’s difficult.

‘People are sensitive.

‘You need to realise it’s just a game, turn it around to something positive for yourself. If they can’t handle social media and it can go wrong. It’s sad if they can’t cope with fame.’

Berget has absolutely no regrets about doing The X Factor despite not making it to the live shows.

Berget has no regrets about The X Factor

‘I thought I’ve got nothing to lose, I have a career in Holland and I’m doing quite well,’ Berget explained.

‘Us artists, we always like to find our boundaries and give our creativity to the world. You always want to reach people through your music and I was trying to do that through the X Factor.’



Berget added: ‘No regrets, but initially I wondered if I made the right decision. People think I’m not a good singer but later on, I got so much public reaction and so much love.

‘I don’t regret it. For me it was an interesting journey. I learned a lot. It doesn’t make me a less singer, or person. It’s just a TV show. It made me realise there’s more after The X Factor, it’s not the end.

‘When I got back [home], I was like, “OK, move on”.’

Simon Cowell was immediately blown away by Berget and her powerful version of Prince’s Purple Rain in her first audition.

Berget had no fears about coming face-to-face with TV’s ‘Mr Nasty’, admitting: ‘Simon is Simon. Everybody who watches The X Factor knows that.

Berget is also a member of Ladies Of Soul (Picture: Getty Images)

‘I have a lot of respect for him, he’s a judge and he has to be strict. He has his right to his own opinion.

‘I don’t have hard feelings towards Simon.’

The X Factor stage isn’t the only one which Berget has dazzled – she was a cast member of Dreamgirls in the Netherlands for 12 months, taking on the lead role of Effie White.

Recalling her time in the production fondly, Berget said: ‘Me doing the role of Effie White, without audition?…

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‘I remember the first rehearsal and I had to sing And I Am Telling You, I studied but it was like second nature. I surprised even myself.

‘This role is totally me, I loved everything about it. It was perfect for me.’

Berget will perform a Mother’s Day show at Quaglino’s on Sunday 31 March. Visit the website for more info.

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