More controversy surrounding UK talent show The X Factor has emerged this morning with reports suggesting that show bosses have been offering fast track auditions to favoured acts.
UK taboid The Sun is reporting that the show is looking to re-boost flagging ratings by offering more established acts looking to audition for the show the chance to beat the queues and bypass the standard auditions. Emails sent out to favoured artists read, “Traditionally, all auditionees are invited to X Factor open audition days. If successful they are invited back to a call-back day. But we would like to invite you to a special audition day, where you bypass the huge open day crowds. This is your first step to stardom.” It is believed that some acts have been sourced via outlets such as You Tube.
Show boss Simon Cowell has now come under fire with some suggesting that it’s unfair to give others an advantage to show their talents in front of the judges, however, a show insider said, “To ensure we find the best talent we have been exploring all avenues. All contestants are auditioned on merit and everyone has the same number of auditions.”
Many believe that Simon is trying to keep up with rival BBC One talent show The Voice which kicked off last month.
What do you think? Has The X Factor had its day?