X-Factor is once again in the news, and once again fighting off rigging allegations. This time it concerns the careers of the people in the final: BBC Newsbeat got an X-Factor spokesperson to confirm that half of the twelve acts in the final had been invited to audition by X-Factors own scouts / researchers.
This is connected to new rules for this season allowing people with management deals to take part: evidently the poor showings the last few years have led to a hunt for better contestants. We need to point out that the ‘judging’ panel, if that’s what you want to call them, were unaware of who’d been asked in, and everyone made it through on the quality…err, the competence… err, well, their auditions. Does X-Factor really have any reputation to lose at this point, or should they have been upfront with the public?