'Auto Tune is a part of music', claim X Factor boy group JLS

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Former X Factor runners up JLS have claimed that they shouldn't be criticised for using vocal effects such as Auto Tune. Speaking to BANG! Showbiz this week, the group said there was nothing wrong with making use of technology in singles and albums.

The group's Aston Merrygold said: "If you get critics come and see the show, we can sing it live, so what's the problem? It's kind of pointless for them to criticise."

We can't help but feel that if you can sing it live, you simply should, instead of hiding behind vocal effects and miming.

Oritsé Williams added: "Music has moved forward in such an amazing way, and we are in a new school generation and [for] that generation, stuff like music effects, auto tune and sampling is part of that."

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Marvin Humes meanwhile suggested that people wanted to hear Auto Tune in their music.

He said: "It's all about people wanting that in the music, so we will deliver it to them."

The group have also been criticised in the past for miming at 'live' performances including on the Brits and when they returned to The X Factor. New judge, Tulisa's pal Dappy previous moaned about the group: "At the end of the day, they're a manufactured band. They just sing other people's songs. And they were miming."

However hitting back at such complaints, band member JB said: "Sometimes you have to mime," adding: "It's all about the song at the end of the day."

Watch JLS performing The Club Is Alive completely 100% live and not at all mimed below...

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