And he’s adamant that his weight won’t be creeping up again any time soon.
‘I hate looking at pictures of me when I was bigger,’ he says.
‘My stomach feels the benefit too and is less painful.
Now, I never really get stressed.’After a year off, his performance on the rugby pitch was another pleasant surprise.
The singer then sailed through the ‘judges’ houses’ heat of the contest to win a place at the final in front of a live audience and 4.3 million TV viewers.