Gary Barlow has praised Marcus Collins for knowing what he wants from his music career and delivering his debut album just weeks after finishing on The X Factor.
Take That star Barlow was Marcus' mentor on the ITV show and has helped write and produce some of the album, due for release in March. Speaking to BBC Newsbeat, Barlow revealed that Marcus was determined he wasn't going to become another forgotten face.
"[Marcus] came off the show and said 'I didn't win, I came in second place, I'll be forgotten by October. I want to do something now.' So we got him straight into the studio and he's definitely done the right move as far as I'm concerned." revealed Gary.
Unlike many X Factor acts, Marcus is not waiting a year to release his material - something Gary says makes sense.
"If you know what you're doing and you know your direction, know who you are, you can turn a record round in that sort of time," he said. "He's got live musicians on his record. I think it's going to be a great sound and I'm really looking forward to hearing it finished."
You can hear Marcus Collins debut single, a cover of The White Stripes 'Seven Nation Army', here.