Oh Simon, you don't make life easy for yourself, do you?
We’re all familiar with those crowd scenes, where hundreds of hopefuls queue up for hours on end, in an attempt to wow/stun/deafen the judges.
Well, now it seems that Simon and co. have also been holding secret ‘fast-track’ auditions for selected singers – some of whom were spotted on youtube - and there’s a whole lot of unhappy wannabes out there.
According to The Sun, one invite 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.”
A disgruntled source told The Sun: “It makes a mockery of the ordinary people. It’s unfair that they queue in the rain for hours and others get invited to cosy auditions.
“They’re encouraging established acts to use the show as a marketing tool.”
These revelations come after The Loveable Rouges revealed in an interview that they were asked to audition for Britain’s Got Talent, after TV bosses found a video of their performance on Youtube.
Although they were well fit, so we're not really compaining.
An X Factor spokeswoman defended the decision, saying: “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.”
Hmm somehow we're not sure that's going to get rid of the 'It's a fix!' claims. What do you think?