Rock matriarch Sharon Osbourne has been accused of pushing her x factor contestant TABBY CALLAGHAN too hard, by the British TV talent show's winner Steve Brookstein.

Soul singer Brookstein complains Ozzy Osbourne's feisty wife ruined the Irish singer's chances of winning the contest, by forcing him to attend gruelling rehearsal sessions and TV appearances.

He says, "I thought Sharon let Tabby down. The day before his last performance she flew him over to Ireland to do a TV show and flew him back to London on an hour-and-a-half's sleep.

"He had to spend all day rehearsing and I think it's obvious from his last performance she worked him too hard. And she definitely tried to change him too much."

15/12/2004 13:18