Shayne Ward: I don't listen to the haters

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Shayne Ward has said he doesn't listen to the haters who suggest it was a stunt casting him in Coronation Street.

The 31-year-old won The X Factor in 2005 but his career failed to take off after the fanfare had died down, and last year he joined the cobbles as Aidan Connor.

Shayne - who scooped the Best Newcomer gong at the TV Choice Awards - dismissed claims that it was "stunt casting".

He told fans: "The thing is, just ignore that. Because to me, that's lazy journalism to say 'it's stunt casting'."

Shayne Ward as Aidan Connor (ITV)
Shayne Ward as Aidan Connor (ITV)

Shayne said he had to try out, just like everybody else.

He said: "I auditioned like everybody else, waited the length of time for my management to receive the phone call to give it a yes or a no and I got a yes.

"I've been basically focused on bringing Aiden Connor to life ever since and again, I don't listen to the haters, I don't listen to the people who are negative about it."

Shayne said he sometimes gets a negative reaction on Twitter but isn't too worried.

Coronation Street's Shayne Ward (ITV)
Coronation Street's Shayne Ward (ITV)

"I love the power of block!" he said.

"Every now and again I let them have their say - sometimes I put a humorous reply back to them rather then getting annoyed at it because there's no point. It's just social media.

"Unfortunately it can make or break some people."