X Factor bosses insist managed acts have 'no advantage'

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Acts with management deals are allowed to take part in The X Factor this year, but bosses have insisted that they don't have any advantage.

For the first time in the nine years the show has been on air, this year's show has been open to professionals as well as amateurs.

But Richard Holloway, the show's executive producer, explained: "We aim to give everyone the opportunity to come and be part of the show. Everybody that comes along and applies to the show all go through the same process.

"[The rule change is] just broadening the net and opening it up so that everybody gets an opportunity. Every single person, whether they have got any form of management or not will go through the same process.

Meanwhile X Factor judge Tulisa also backed the rule change, revealing: "There has been a change in the broadness of musicians, there have been people bringing out guitars and writing their own songs."

She explained: "But just because someone has a manager or experience in the music business doesn’t mean they any less deserving to be on the show than a normal person with a normal job who’s had no experience.

"There are so many people out there that are so talented, that have managers, Just because they have a manager doesn’t mean that it’s any easier for them to make it than anybody else.

"I had a manager for seven years of my career before anywhere at all. I think it’s just about being fair. It’s a stigma that if you’ve had experience or had management, so you shouldn’t be allowed on the show. I think it’s a load of rubbish."

The N-Dubz star added: "This year we’ve opened the doors to that and now we’ve got some real home grown talent, more than ever."

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