Joe McElderry made his name on hit reality TV show the X Factor, but is calling for such shows to help their contestants more.

The Geordie singer, 30, has admitted there needs to be "better protection" for contestants who appear on reality TV shows and insists it must come from an independent body.

Joe appeared on the 2009 series of the reality music contest and labelled it "a hell of a machine and a formula".

Speaking to Bobby Norris and Stephen Leng on FUBAR Radio 's Access All Areas on Thursday, the singer explained how it's no good simply offering contestants support from an in-house body with links to the show.

He said: "I've said for many, many years that not just on X Factor, but on any reality TV show where you're plucking somebody from a relatively normal life of nothing to do with showbusiness, there has to be aftercare that is not a part of the actual TV show.

Joe won the X Factor in 2009 (

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Joe has had five top 20 albums since winning the reality show (

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"It has to be separate people that don't have an interest in the financial benefits of that. If you have an aftercare team that work for the TV show, then their interests are the TV show, not the individual.

"I definitely think that on all forms of reality television, there needs to be better protection."

He went on to say: "If you've been given that platform from a big corporation or a company, in my opinion, it's their responsibility to protect you in a way."

Several of the X Factor's former stars, such as Rebecca Ferguson, Cher Lloyd, Jedward and Katie Waissel, have called out the treatment they received on the show.

Joe admits that his own experience on the show was mainly positive, but thanked his supporting circle. He said he had a "great family background and adjusted relatively well".

He also explained that he had to set up everything in house to allow him to have his own creative control.

The X Factor has also created stars such as One Direction (

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"I've said this in the past, I went through my own journey with the show - of kind of leaving the first management company and almost starting over again really about three years after I won the show," he said.

"Kind of setting up everything in house and setting up a company, so that I had that creative control."

He has released five top 20 albums since he won the show 12 years ago and has always remained a fan of the competition until it was axed after 17 years.

The Mirror has contacted ITV for comment.

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