Former X Factor vocal coach Yvie Burnett has defended the rather tuneless performances of some of this year's contestants, calling on viewers to give the finalists a chance to overcome their nerves.
"It still has brilliant viewing figures. Millions of people are still watching and it's probably the most-talked about show ever," she said.
"A lot of people have said that the singing isn't great but it's only the beginning and it's a big deal for these kids. Most of them haven't really performed, they are not like the people who audition for Britain's Talent and regularly do a gig at a club somewhere.
"Most of the people on X Factor haven't sung much and suddenly they are performing to millions."
Speaking to the Daily Record, Yvie - who is taking a break from the show this year - added: "At the beginning there is always a lot of nerves. It's the same every year.
"I'd be worried if the singing hadn't improved by week five but you have to give them a chance. There is still a lot of potential."
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