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He also expressed frustration with how much the show highlighted his difficult circumstances, including “living couch to couch” in Memphis since he lost his home to foreclosure in 2007.

“I was treated more like a character than an artist. This is TV, they want a good story, you know? But they took that and I didn’t get a chance to be an artist. I was doing things I would never do,” he said.

For the approximately two weeks he was in Los Angeles, he was paid $250 for expenses, another $500 for the live show and cab fare for his ride to the airport after he was cut, Haygood said.

He voiced appreciation for the exposure “X Factor” gave him, which put him back in touch with members of his old band. They are in talks for a comeback tour and may appear on the season-ender of “X Factor,” he said.

“The judges are great,” he said, including Cowell, whom he called “a very nice guy.”

“They understood me even though they couldn’t give me what I wanted,” Haygood said.


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