The remaining X Factor 2011 contestants have been told to up their game, with show bosses reportedly telling them: “You’re ruining the show.” After declining ratings, X Factor chiefs want the finalists to perform the best they can in a bid to prove to viewers they were the right contestants to make the live shows.
It comes after the group spent more time sleeping than rehearsing, with some stars "slobbing" around the house in their pyjamas all day.
A source told The Mirror: “The acts were told, ‘If you want to be a star, you’ve got to start acting like one’. The lack of effort from some contestants has been disgraceful.”
An insider added: “It was a pretty fiery talking to from some of the senior production staff. The acts were told in no uncertain terms what was expected of them. The producers are worried about the criticism the show has faced this series, and they worry the acts this year are not keeping the audience entertained.
“Viewers can’t even remember the names of several acts, and too many of them seem disinterested. They arrive at the studios for rehearsals half asleep, looking bored and still wearing their slippers.
“Bosses have told them to buck their ideas up and start behaving like future pop stars, before the public ignore them completely.”
This week's theme change from Heroes to Rock was made to give the acts a kick up the bum, the source added.