Half of The X Factor 2012 finalists were scouted by the show's team, it has been revealed.
A spokesperson for the insisted that however the acts got to learn about the auditions, they all went through the same process.
A new rule on this year's terms and conditions stated: "Please note that outside of this application process, acts may also be invited to audition for the programme by researchers acting on behalf of the producer.
"Such acts will be required to go through the audition process and normal programme rules will apply."
New X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger defended the move, saying it was required with the amount of talent shows now on air.
"I think it's great that they've done that," she told the BBC's Newsbeat. "It opens up the pool for wider talent."
Jahmene Douglas was one of those approached, revealing to the website: "For me it was being found on YouTube but we all went through the same process"
Tulisa also backed the move, saying: "I don't think it makes a difference.
"It's just simply notifying people about the auditions."
Jade Ellis had auditioned the 'usual' way, by queuing up for hours at one of the show's open auditions.
But she insisted: "I don't think it's any less fair.
"I'm quite happy to go into the competition with people who were scouted.
"At the end of the day the rules have changed so we've got to get on with that."
[cat c="the x factor"]The X Factor 2012[/cat] live shows start at 8PM tomorrow night on ITV1. The first elimination will take place on Sunday night's live show, which will also feature performances from Ne-Yo and Leona Lewis.