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'X Factor viewers are racist' - Chris O'Dowd

Sherna Noah

Published 11/02/2014 | 08:02

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Chris O'Dowd with wife Dawn
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 07: Chris O'Dowd and Dawn Porter attend 'The Spoils Of Babylon' Los Angeles premiere held at DGA Theater on January 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
Chris O'Dowd and Dawn Porter in LA earlier this year

Black singers do not go far enough on the X Factor because the "viewing public is racist", Chris O'Dowd has said.

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The comic actor (34) told the Radio Times he was an X Factor fan and added: "My favourites go out in the first few weeks and, because viewers are so racist, the black, strong singers go out in round five every year."

Last year, X Factor singer Hannah Barrett revealed that she suffered from abuse.

"People say, 'You're black and ugly'. The sad thing is that most of them are made by black people who just have lighter skin than me," she told Reveal magazine.

Alexandra Burke was the first black singer to win the show in 2008, while Leona Lewis, who has a black father and white mother, won in 2006.

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