X Factor bosses deny fix claims after boyband formed by Take That's manager 'The Mend' audition

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Bosses have already found themselves denying claims of a fix after it was revealed a group formed by Take That's manager audition for the show - and sailed through auditions. 'The Mend' wowed the audience at The X Factor auditions in Manchester this week, but friends of another group claimed the show was rigged.

Following the group’s performance, Gary Barlow told the four piece: "Get ready because your lives are about to change forever."

An online source claiming to have been at the auditions with girl group Twisted however was angry with the boy groups' setup. "Suppose it's just a coincidence they were put together by Take That's old manager," they said. "The show is disgusting and rigged."


They added: "The show is a total scam. *** the X Factor, it more appropriatley The Fix Factor."

The group were created three years ago by Nigel Martin-Smith, who launched Take That back in 1990.

Under the rules of The X Factor acts cannot have management when they audition and despite claims to the contrary, Nigel insisted he had stepped back as manager of The Mend months ago, saying he was just their mentor.

"I searched for these lads on council estates all across the North West," he said. "I wanted them to be streetwise as well as having bags of personality, good voices and looking good."

The group are made up of Kris Evans, Dean Kelly, Craig Worsley and Jay Kontzle.

A spokesperson last night denied the fix claims, saying: "They were popular with everyone and got massive applause from the audience."


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