The X Factor 2014: Simon Cowell can now veto ANY act's song choices

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The X Factor boss Simon Cowell has more control over the live shows than ever this year - as he is now able to veto the song choices of ANY contestant.

Although he's an executive producer on the talent contest, the 55-year-old previously concentrated on helping his own acts with their creative decisions.

But his fellow judges Louis Walsh and Mel B have let slip to The Sun that they now have to run their plans by Simon as well.

Louis - the only X Factor panellist that's appeared on every series - said: "We have never done that before. We go through a list of songs. There are meetings about songs, choreography and styling. It is full on.

"We listen to the songs, yes, but Simon could veto my songs."

Mel added: "The acts have their thing they want to sing and I have my thing I’d like them to sing - and then Simon.

"It is a creative team. It is not one person pulling a string saying we are going to sing this this week. We all want what is best for our category.”

They both insisted that they're alright with the new rule, as it is Simon's own record label Syco that provides a recording contract for the eventual winner.

But the newspaper's insider wasn't as positive, commenting: "Viewers are led to believe each judge is in sole control of their category. The reality is that all the decisions are now taken by committee - with Cowell having a veto on anything he doesn’t like."

Louis and Mel were speaking on their way to a weekly three-hour gathering at Cowell's house ahead of the first live show, which airs tonight.

It will see the top twelve acts perform directly to the nation for the first time - while the identities of the four 'wildcard' hopefuls will also be revealed.

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