X Factor 2014 in fix claims after novelty acts replace actual singers

Louis Walsh (The X Factor 2014)

The X Factor 2014 judges have come under attack after a series of shocking decisions at bootcamp.

We told yesterday how Cheryl's choices in particular had riled the crowd at London's Wembley Arena during the weekend's filming.

Louis Walsh also came under attack from the 3,000 strong live audience after 'changing his mind'.

Both Cheryl and Louis stand accused of ditching talented acts in favour of novelty performers, although they've also been accused of being 'puppets'.

Audience members watched as producers hurriedly ran back an forth to the judges' desk between the decisions.

Twitter user @DazGale said: “The X Factor is a total fix. Both Cheryl and Louis have now ‘changed their minds’ (been told) and let a novelty act replace a genuine act.”

However X Factor insiders and a spokesperson for the show played down the claims, which followed the 'Six Seat Challenge' part of the format.

It sees the judges able to switch acts in and out of their line up for judges' houses.

An X Factor insider told The Sun newspaper: “The judges can change their minds as much as they want.

“Producers talk to the judges all the time but it doesn’t mean they are telling them what to do. They are simply there to advise them. The judges don’t wear earpieces so producers talk to them at the desk throughout filming.

“In this instance the judges spoke to the production team about the fact that they wanted to change their minds.”

An X Factor spokesman added: “As part of the Six-Chair Challenge judges have to decide who goes through to the judges’ houses.

“Until all the acts in their category have sung and the judge has declared that they have chosen their final six, each judge is able to change their minds and bring back anyone they have removed from a seat at any stage.”

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The X Factor starts at the end of the month on ITV.

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