GMB’s Ben Shephard takes brutal swipe at Martin Bashir over X Factor performance

The talk of television last week was X Factor: Celebrity after Martin Bashir, 56, forgot his words halfway through his performance and he stopped singing to apologise.

The broadcast journalist made an appearance on Good Morning Britain today to talk about his time on the singing show and that awkward moment, as well as how he's tackling things this week.

Hosts Ben Shephard, 44, and Kate Garraway, 52, asked Martin if he'd be triumphing this week, after he got through thanks to the public vote last week.

However, the famous Princess Diana interviewer said: "It's not gonna be a triumph."

It came just moments after Ben had described the performed as "really bad".

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Ben then threw in a cheeky comment, saying: "Anything will be better than last week."

Martin went on to say his colleagues at the BBC have been teasing him, labelling him an "idiot".

He said: "It's been humiliating. Some of my colleagues at the BBC have sneered and said how embarrassing, what an idiot."

But he went on: "I do feel I've made some progress."

Martin explained that the youngest of his X Factor co-stars, Max and Harvey, 16, have been particularly thoughtful since his live blunder.

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He said: "They could not have been more sensitive and supportive of my failing. The camaraderie in the cast has been incredible."

Speaking of the twins, he added: "They're such a credit to their parents. They know exactly when to tease me about it and not to speak to me about it."

Martin was in the bottom three, with Corrie's Victoria Ekanoye being booted out because she received the fewest votes.

But after the judges failed to reach a unanimous decision, Simon Cowell chose to reveal the votes, meaning Jonny Labey was eliminated and Martin was saved.

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Martin said: "The thing is, people were incredibly kind and I'm in debt to that and I have to repay their kindness.

"The public decided they wanted me to stay, so I've been working every single hour to get it right and that's what I've got to do."

He refused to reveal which song he would be performing this week, but it sounds like it'll be very meaningful.

The new reality star said: "The song is particularly pertinent following what happened last week. There are lyrics in the song that explain everything and I think you will get immediately what I'm trying to do."

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV

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