Matt Terry talks 'downfalls' of X Factor changes

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From Digital Spy

Last year's X Factor winner Matt Terry has given his take on this year's big live show rule changes, arguing that acts getting the boot faster is a "bad thing".

The young singer came on top in the 2016 series, but is now admitting that he's not a fan of the new double elimination format introduced this year.

Speaking about the general rule changes, Matt told The Express: "I like them. But the only thing I don't understand or I'm a bit jealous of, is the fact that they get the prizes. We didn't have that but I'm not sure how I feel about it."

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Photo credit: ITV

"I think it's really scary that you know who gets the most votes – that could get a bit old. Apart from that, the new studios are amazing, the production are smashing it and the contestants are lovely."

However, on the topic of two acts getting eliminated each weekend instead of one, Matt continued: "I think this is another downfall and now it's a lot harder.

"The public used to get to know you over two and a half months, whereas this year it's cut in half. Nicole's had two leave already!

"It's mad. I think it's a bad thing, I think it should be longer. It's a bit harsh getting rid of two."

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Photo credit: ITV

This weekend was originally set to feature a quadruple elimination, with two acts exiting on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Yet this has been scrapped at the last minute.

"This weekend's show will feature one act leaving on Saturday and one act leaving on Sunday," a spokesperson confirmed to Digital Spy.

A source further elaborated: "We have some great talent on the show this year. Simon thinks it's unfair to cut the numbers so drastically when contestants are doing so well.

"Talent this year is exceptional and with fewer weeks of live shows, producers want to give them more time to shine and more time for the audiences to pick their favourites."

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