Just when you thought he’d gone quite while basking in his current chart success, rap star Wiley has recently admitted he thought singer Emeli Sande would struggle to make it in the UK.

I never thought Emeli would be a star in the UK. I thought she’d have to make it big in the US first…

Oh. Emeli Sande has become the leading breakout star in the UK over the last year and her debut album, Our Version of Events has gone on to be certified five times platinum.

Wiley went on to say:

Ten years ago you’d never have had someone as unusual as Emeli winning The X Factor, so I thought she’d struggle as she’s aimed at a similar market. But the star-making system has changed.

Emeli appeared on Wiley’s Top 10 single Never Be Your Woman back in 2010, so his comments are certainly interesting. Is it a case of a star being jealous surprised that an act they put on a feature has gone on to bigger superstardom than themselves? I don’t know.

Like her real namesake Adele, Emeli has relied purely on her talent and has proved women don’t need to wear a bikini and push a sexual agenda to become successful, so maybe Wiley is right. Maybe the star-making system is changing again.