X FACTOR star Danny Tetley was today jailed for nine years after begging children to send him indecent pics.
Tetley, 40, groomed many of his victims to send him explicit images in exchange for cash.
He had last month pleaded guilty to paying five 15 to 16-year-old boys to send him indecent images.
At a previous hearing that can only now be reported, the Benidorm entertainer also pleaded guilty to the sexual exploitation of two 14-year-old boys.
Tetley showed no emotion as he was caged for nine years today - with a further eight years on licence when he is released, the Telegraph and Argus reported.
Sentencing him, the judge said: "What you demanded and showed were blatant and the disgusting level to which you sank, Mr Tetley, was quite unbelievable.
He added: "Many will see you for what you are, a despicable creature.
"The reality is our society is deeply interested in celebrity, it does no harm. Pure entertainment of highest order including X Factor, upon which you featured in some capacity.
"You exploited the status it gave you. You abused that status to satisfy your perverted sexual needs, by your actions."
The performer had made the live shows in 2018's X Factor series and came in sixth place.
An NSPCC spokesman said: “Tetley’s use of his TV appearances and promises of money in the thousands of messages he sent these boys, are an example of the depraved lengths that predators will go to in their pursuit of victims.
“This kind of abuse can have a profound and long-lasting impact, and this case underlines why it is so vital that social media companies are forced to make safeguarding our children their top priority.
"We continue to call on the Government to introduce new legislation that enforces a formal Duty of Care to keep young people safe online.