Monday 27 January 2020

Another cruel new rule for X Factor contestants

KEN SWEENEY ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR

THE X Factor is set to become even more brutal this season with finalists forced to sing for survival if viewers take a dislike to them.

A new voting system will see acts with the lowest amount of votes after 10 minutes facing a sing-off with another finalist following a flash vote on the ITV show when it goes live on Saturday October 12.

Voting lines for the remaining contestants will then reopen until Sunday night's show where the second contestant to face the sing-off will be revealed.

ITV bosses have already come under fire for a revised selection process on X Factor which sees 12 contestants fight for six chairs.

The process was described by Irish singer Melanie McCabe as "cruel".

The Whitehall woman, who made it through to Nicole Sherzinger's home last weekend, will be singing hits by 80s artists if she is one of the final 12 acts in the first live show.

The show will also be a grueling night for this year's panel -- Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger -- as it will last 135 minutes.

The bumper edition will clash with the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing for half an hour when the live stages of both shows compete for the first time this year.

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