Britain's Got Talent 2014 fix row over Louis Walsh's boy band Hometown

Louis Walsh (X Factor 2013)

Britain's Got Talent 2014 has been caught up in a new 'fix' row over a boy band.

Singers Hometown were put together by X Factor judge Louis Walsh after he held auditions for the group last year, hoping to launch a 'new Westlife'.

The Irish group appeared at this year's Britain's Got Talent auditions in Belfast where they sailed through to the next round, prompting claims of a fix.

A source told The Sun newspaper this morning: “It seems like yet another talent show fix.”

A supposed "music industry exec" added to the tabloid: “It looks like fast-tracking. They weren’t even that good. Louis needed a big favour from Simon to help get them off the ground — and he got one.”

Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon watched the group at try outs earlier this year but it's not yet known if the group have made it through to the live shows.

A spokesperson for Britain's Got Talent dismissed any talk of a fix outright, sayng: “Simon had never met the band and did not know who their manager was until they revealed it on stage after their audition. They got no special treatment”

After finding out who their manager was, Simon quipped: “I don’t know what’s more annoying — the fact you were good or the fact I might have to work with Louis Walsh again.”

Britain's Got Talent 2014 starts next month on ITV.

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