Singers Hometown were put together by X Factor judge Louis 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, with Simon Cowell quipping: "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.”
But the revelation over their manager prompted claims of a fix with a source telling The Sun newspaper last week: “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.”
But today a spokesperson for the show hit back at what they called "ridiculous" claims.
“Hometown went through the same audition process as all [the] other acts," they told the Daily Mirror newspaper. “To suggest they were given any advantage is ridiculous.”
The representative for the ITV series added: “Simon had never met the band before their audition, and wasn’t aware who their manager was until the boys revealed it on stage after their audition.”
Britain's Got Talent 2014 starts next month on ITV.