X Factor 2013 auditions: Producers lose footage in the River Thames


This year's X Factor is set to feature some dramatic scenes, after scuba divers were called in to the first round of open auditions.

But they weren't filming some artsy underwater shots, rather fishing out video tape from a fancy new 'helicam' that crashed into the River Thames.

Over 8,000 wannabes were in the capital on Saturday for the first round of open try outs, and producers wanted to get some sweeping crowd shots using the new tech.

Unfortunately, as with a lot of gadgets, something went wrong and the pilot had to ditch the remote controlled drone to avoid hitting the crowds queuing up

A source revealed: “There was no way we could let a piece of kit like that just float down the Thames for anyone to find.

“The footage is stored inside the helicam so wouldn’t have been damaged by the water. That meant anyone could have got their hands on it and seen everything we have filmed throughout the day.

“Apart from not wanting anyone to see what we’ve got, we also would have lost vital scenes."

They added to the Daily Star newspaper today: “The cameraman did the right thing crashing it into the river to avoid the fans on the ground but it was all a bit of a palaver.

“We got there in the end though and it gave fans watching some excitement.”

A spokesperson for The X Factor confirmed: “After the helicam broke the cameraman steered it over the Thames to avoid it crashing into the crowds waiting to audition.

“Thankfully no one was hurt and we managed to get a diver to fish the camera out of the river.”

Browse our gallery from the first round of open XFactor auditions in London at the weekend below...

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