By Sylvia Mulder
He might not be on her show anymore, but Katie Price is still rooting for Rylan Clark.
The wannabe singer participated on Katie's modelling competition Signed by Katie Price last year, of which he became the male winner and overall runner-up.
And it seems Katie takes her mentoring duties very seriously, as she met up with the X Factor hopeful at his London hotel on Thursday evening to offer him some showbiz advice.
The former glamour model even went so far as to appear on Daybreak on Friday morning, wearing a 'Team Rylan' shirt and giving the wannabe some positive publicity.
She was scheduled to talk about charity Jeans for Genes, but managed to sneak in a little reference to the budding singer in a bid to get viewers to vote for him.
'I'm supporting Rylan, so watch The X Factor and support him tomorrow. I had to say that,' she said.
Katie even admitted to having sung with Rylan before. 'We do in my lounge. I’ve got my karaoke set up, I'm a frustrated pop star aren’t I, so we’ve done many duets in the lounge.'
Asked if she’d come back on Daybreak to perform a duet with the X Factor star, Katie said: 'Do you know what, I will, but I'm better than Rylan. No, I'm only joking I'm not really.'
But before she made the appearance on the breakfast show, she met up with Rylan at his hotel on Thursday night to express her support in person.
Stepping out of her pink car, the model, 34, was dressed casually in ripped jeans, knee-high suede boots and wrapped in a sweater to protect herself against the dreary autumn weather.
Rylan, 23, met his former mentor in the lobby, wearing a bright blue tracksuit, where the two had a conversation.
He later headed out to chat to some X Factor fans who gathered outside the hotel, and even posed for pictures with some of his admirers.
The eccentric X Factor finalist was clearly aware of the fact Katie was going to appear on Daybreak to show her support for him, as he alerted his fans Thursday evening on Twitter.
'Everyone needs to watch daybreak from 7 for a pricey surprise @MissKatiePrice xxxxx night x,' he wrote.
Rylan is certainly learning from the best now. After picking up tips and tricks from Katie Price about the modelling industry, he's now being mentored by Nicole Scherzinger for his singing talent.
Besides his voice, he also stunned viewers on the X Factor with his emotional reaction upon hearing that he made the finals of the ITV1 show.
Rylan has been trying to fight his way into the showbiz world for a while now. He even signed up to online casting website StarNow, where his profile reads:
'My name is Rylan and i currently live just outside of London in Essex, Mostly recognised as The Winning Male in Sky Living Series Signed By Katie Price.
'I'm primarily a singer, and was part of spanish boyband 4bidden up until jan 2010, Part time model since 16, Check me out, Cheers guys x.'
Other contestants were also returning to their hotel on Wednesday night after rehearsals in the ITV studios.
Bands Union J, MK1, GMD3 and wild card boy band Times Red were all awaited by fans outside the London hotel.
16-year-old Ella Henderson was also seen smiling as she came out to meet some admirers, dressed in a casual outfit.