Irish X Factor hopefuls shocked to have live auditions cancelled at last minute
ITV's X Factor has come under fire for cancelling successful auditionees arena auditions at the last minute.
Several singers, including Irish hopefuls, were led to believe they had progressed to the next stage of the competition and would sing for the judges only to later be told their live try-outs had been cancelled.
Jennifer Fada Musa (27) from Cork told the Irish Daily Mirror she spent €400 on flights and accommodation in order to sing at Wembley.
Just days before she was due to perform she received an email stating she would not take part.
"I was so upset," she said. "I'd gone through the whole process, and they let me believe that I was definitely going to be singing for the judges."
Jennifer, who might be familiar to Voice of Ireland viewers following her efforts on that show, had auditioned for X Factor in April and then took part in a 40 minute phone interview before being told she would go on to live auditions.
She chose five songs and a date she could audition but when she followed up on the situation with producers Thames TV two weeks ago she received the disappointing email.
Jennifer, who had finished working at a hair salon, said she put her life "on hold" for X Factor because she didn't want to commit to another job given she would be auditioning for the show.
She's not the only disappointed singer, however. Several other singers in Ireland and the UK have shared similar stories.
The Daily Star this week reported that some singers who had made it to the arena auditions and received a 'yes' were then told they had not in fact made it to the next stage - boot camp.
One singer said that some of them had booked travel and accommodation before they received the email from producers telling them not to.
X Factor responded to Digital Spy with the following statement, "Owing to a very high standard of talent during this year's X Factor arena auditions, not all successful singers have been offered a place at Boot Camp.
"All singers have been made aware of this and were told this weekend whether or not they would be going through to Boot Camp, after the judges had reviewed their auditions."