Fans of The X Factor who attended The X Factor bootcamp on Thursday have complained about manufactured groups ‘taking show’ the show. It comes after news that the panel created SIX new acts from rejected soloists, which has annoyed the organic groups that made it through to the auditions.
Writing on an online forum, one fan also claimed that the new groups had been giving one on one vocal training and extra coaching.
Another viewer warned: "If [it's] true then they may find that bands will stop turning up for the auditions in future years."
But another music fan thought it was a good idea.
They commented: "I don't see why people keep moaning about the groups to be honest, most of the manufactured groups end up being better than the groups that auditioned in the first place."
Kelly Rowland revealed earlier this week the panel were still "shaping" the groups category, but the results were looking good.
Speaking on the red carpet at Wednesday's X Factor launch, Kelly said: "The overs are phenomenal! The females category are phenomenal! The guys… phenomenal!” a somewhat hyperactive Kelly revealed ahead of the first screening.
“The groups… we’re still shaping it up…” she continued, quickly adding: “But it’s looking phenomenal!”
One of this year's new groups is headed up by Marlon McKenzie, after failing to make it as a soloist for a fourth time.
A show source told The Sun yesterday: “It is turning into the year of the bands. Gary’s experience with Take That and Kelly’s with Destiny’s Child is feeding into it.
“The bands haven’t had much time to prepare at Boot Camp but they have really impressed everyone.”
The newly created bands - and those had originally auditioned together - found out their fate on the last day of bootcamp yesterday.
Last year the judges created two groups at bootcamp, four piece girl group Belle Amie and five piece boy group One Direction. They also added a new member to Hustle, who had originally auditioned as a four piece.
Both Belle Amie and One Direction made it through to the live shows, along with FYD, joined by Diva Fever as Simon Cowell's wild card choice.
But while Belle Amie failed to secure votes, One Direction went on to finish third on the show, and release their debut single next month.
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