X Factor 2016 bosses deny contestants have been miming in the live shows

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X Factor bosses have denied that this year's contestants have been miming on the live shows.

Given some of the dodgy vocals we've heard over the past five weeks, we're shocked any one would believe they're lip syncing.

But some viewers have been throwing such accusations, claiming that Saturday night in particular Ryan Lawrie was "blatant miming" his latest performance.

The singer belted out Twist and Shout by The Beatles for the week's Girl Band v Boy Band theme.

On Sunday night he avoided the bottom three for the first time in three weeks, but some feel there may have been a reason his latest performance was better.

“Thought Ryan was pretty good until he slipped up and showed us he was blatantly miming," one viewer on Twitter wrote.

However a source on the show denied the claims.

They told The Sun newspaper: “No contestant has ever mimed on the X Factor during the live shows. It is a singing competition after all.”

It's the second time this year that the show has had to deny acts have been miming.

Back during the auditions, a spokesperson rubbished reports suggesting that 5 After Midnight were lip syncing during their audition.

But even that's not the first time that the show has come under attack for tweaking the sound of performances.

During Series 5 in 2010 The X Factor was rocked by an AutoTune scandal that prompted hundreds of complaints to TV Watchdog Ofcom.

The X Factor 2016 is back next Saturday and Sunday night on ITV at 8PM with Disco week.

As well as new performances from the final seven acts, there will be guest appearances from Olly Murs and Nathan Sykes.

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