X Factor 2012: Half of final 12 – including Jahmene Douglas & MK1 – head hunted by producers
Half of this year’s X Factor finalists have been recruited by producers it has been revealed.
It has been confirmed that at least six out of the final 12 acts that will be performing on tomorrow night’s first live show, were approached by staff of the ITV series and asked to come and audition for the judges at their nearest venue.
An X Factor spokesperson told BBC Newsbeat that yes, many singers were head hunted after being discovered online or through word of mouth but they insisted that these performers had to go through the same process as those who applied via the website, or by post in the normal manner.
The spokesperson also revealed that Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh, Tulisa Contostavlos and Nicole Scherzinger had no idea when they first heard the acts perform, who had been invited and who applied themselves. This seemingly made the audition process more fair.
The news that some of the contestants were invited to try out shouldn’t come as a shock, as the recruitment technique was mentioned in the terms and conditions of the application for this year.
It stated: “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.”
Although at least half the acts lined up to perform tomorrow night were asked to audition, only Jahmene Douglas and MK1 have admitted it so far.
Douglas revealed that he was approached, after producers saw some of his youtube videos. He told BBC:
“For me it was being found on YouTube but we all went through the same process.”
It is thought that MK1 were contacted through their record and management agency.
Jade Ellis applied off her own bat but she said she isn’t upset that some of her fellow competitors did things differently.
The mum of one 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.”
Tulisa Contostavlos defended the move too, saying that all producers were doing was advertising auditions to talented singers that they thought would shine.
“It’s just simply notifying people about the auditions.”
Although we have no idea which other singers the producers approached in their UK talent hunt, we’d guess that Lucy Spraggan, Ella Henderson and possibly James Arthur were on that list as they all fit exactly with the direction that bosses wanted to take the show in this year, especially after singer songwriters proved so popular on Britain’s Got Talent and they found themselves competing with The Voice.
The X Factor live shows begin tomorrow and all twelve acts, along with the returning wildcard will perform for the judges. One will be eliminated on Sunday night.
What do you think of this story? Is it fair to invite people to audition for the show? Leave your comments below…
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