Half Of The X Factor UK's Finalists Were Invited To Audition
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.06.2012
BBC reports that half of this year's X Factor UK finalists were approached to audition for the show by researchers. A spokesperson for the show said that all acts had to go through the same process, however.
Producers say the judges didn't know if acts had been invited when they were deciding to send them through. It was part of a new rule introduced this year to help find new talent, and was included in the terms and conditions for the online application.
It reads: "Please note that outside of this application process, acts may also be invited to audition for the programme by researchers acting on behalf of the producer. Such acts will be required to go through the audition process and normal programme rules will apply."
Nicole Scherzinger, who is mentoring the boys, said inviting contestants is necessary with all of the talent shows on TV. She said: "I think it's great that they've done that. It opens up the pool for wider talent."
Producers who held earlier auditions also didn't know if the acts had been scouted and claimed that wasn't a guarantee to get through. Finalists are now free to reveal if they were scouted. Jahmene Douglas and MK1 are the only acts to admit it. Jahmene was asked after his music was found on Youtube. He said: "For me it was being found on YouTube but we all went through the same process."
MK1's Simeon and Charlie were told about the auditions by their record company. Contestants this year have also been allowed to have had management deals. Kye Sones and Melanie Masson in Gary Barlow's over-28 category who have had professional careers. Lucy Spraggan had her music taken offline when her first audition aired.
Tulisa Contostavlos, who mentors the girls, said she didn't think inviting contestants made a difference on the show. She added: "It's just simply notifying people about the auditions."
Jade Ellis, a contestant, said: "Personally, speaking as someone who did just go to an open audition I don't think it's any less fair. I'm quite happy to go into the competition with people who were scouted. At the end of the day the rules have changed so we've got to get on with that."