Wednesday 17 January 2018

Cowell orders cull of X Factor contestants – before they even sing

AUSTIN, TX - MAY 24: Personality Simon Cowell poses during
AUSTIN, TX - MAY 24: Personality Simon Cowell poses during "The X Factor" Season 2 auditions at The Frank Erwin Center on May 24, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images)

Independent.ie reporters

X FACTOR boss Simon Cowell ordered a cull of over sixty contestants at the boot camp stage of the competition – before they even got the chance to sing.

200 contestants travelled to Liverpool for the boot camp stages of this year’s show at the Echo arena, which began filming yesterday.

Many of the axed contestants were said to burst into tears on hearing the news, that nearly a third of them would be sent home immediately.

A source told The Sun “It was carnage. They were told there would be an important announcement. They went out on stage to face Tulisa, Louis, Gary and Nicole - and then the bombshell.”

The source continued: “There were looks of shock on people's faces. Even the judges looked upset.”

The shock decision was made by boss Simon Cowell, who felt the judges had put through too many mediocre acts to the boot camp stages. The source said: “Simon wants a higher caliber this year”.

An X Factor spokesperson insisted the decision was justified, saying “Some of the contestants who got a 'Yes' at their first auditions, when seen side by side against the others, were not of a good enough standard.”

The new series of X Factor begins in the autumn.

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