The Liverpool singer took part in the X Factor last year and was mentored by Gary Barlow. Collins came second in the competition; he was beaten in the finale by girl group Little Minx the first time a group had won the X Factor. Collins, who is openly gay, has now revealed that he had no intention of lying about his sexuality during his time on the X Factor.
“I saw Will Young win Pop Idol then come out, then the same with Joe McElderry after The X Factor. I think the public can feel hurt if you’re not honest. I made the decision early on to stay true to who I am.” – Marcus Collins quoted in The Sun
Collins releases his debut album on the 3rd June and hopes that coming second won’t dent his chances of having a successful career. “I have seen Rebecca Ferguson achieve great things after she came second to Matt Cardle, so I know that I could too”
There are several good examples of runner-ups on the X Factor going on to have a successful music career. G4 were runners-up of the first series in 2004 and went on to release three highly successful albums until the group went their separate ways in 2007. JLS came second in 2008 and are still together four years on enjoying chart success while 2009 runner-up Olly Murs not only has a successful musical career but presenting one as well. Boy band One Direction finished 3rd in the 2010 series of the X Factor and have found chart success in the UK and America and have proved very popular with teenage girls.