Drama alert: X Factor bosses are allegedly holding crisis talks over new claims that the ITV show is fixed.
It was revealed last week that The Brooks – a boyband managed by Sinitta – have secured a place at Judges’ Houses as a result of their connection.
And now, X Factor hopefuls have started to question the audition process, with some believing that the finalists are pre-decided.
“This absolutely stinks,” an insider told The Mirror. “Some acts have said ‘why bother auditioning when it’s clearly a fix?’”
According to other X Factor contestants who were filming alongside the group, The Brooks – featuring brothers Josh Brooks and Kyle Brooks – were given preferential treatment during the competition.
Moreover, the devious duo allegedly had a number of private chats with executive producer Mark Sidaway, which resulted in the boys developing “major attitude problems” at the auditions stage. Eek!
The source added: “The Brooks were walking around muttering to other acts, asking if they’d had ‘the talk’ with the execs too – almost as if to see who else may be being looked after by the show in the same way.
“How a band clearly linked to Sinitta can behave so arrogantly, knowing that their fate is already guaranteed, is a massive kick in the face to all the other acts.”
Meanwhile, Sharon Osbourne is returning to judge the next series of the X Factor, along with Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger and Simon Cowell.
Sharon – who previously appeared as an X Factor judge from 2004 – 2007 and again in 2013 – has since slammed the 2015 panel (ft. Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw) for being “too young.”
She recently told The Sun: “If I was a contestant and there was a young girl or guy on the panel, who’s had success but not long success because they are so young, and they were telling me what I should and shouldn’t do, I would tell THEM what to do.
"I would. I think when you are advising people on their career, it always comes better from people who have had experience through age and who have had a long career themselves.”
Wise words, Mrs. O!
The X Factor will return to ITV at the end of this month.