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Is X Factor Using Auto-Tune?

22 August 2010 No Comment

Last night was the first episode of this year’s X Factor on ITV. There were some good auditions, and some not so good auditions. A few that stood out were Gamu Nhengu, G&S and Katie Waissel.

G&S auditioned as a duet and the bloke was absolutely terrible, but the girl had a very nice voice, and the judges decided to ask her to audition on her own, which she did, and they put her through.

The strange thing about last night’s episode, was how several of the acts sounded like they had auto-tune on their voices. Have a listen to this clip of G&S and hear for yourself:

I’m not the first person to have noticed this, but what surprises me is how blatant it is, did the producers really think that nobody would notice? It becomes more apparent because when she sings on her own afterwards, you can’t hear any auto-tune, and she doesn’t sound as good as she did in the first song.

I only noticed the auto-tune being used on the girl in G&S, but many people are accusing the show of using this tactic on 2 of the other acts. I hadn’t really noticed myself, but after watching the clips again I have a feeling that it’s true:

Some people are saying that auto-tune was also used for the following act, though I can’t imagine why they would bother. Please don’t bother watching the whole clip, it’s really not worth it:

The main thing that usually bugs me about the audition rounds of X Factor is how they show so little of the acts that can actually sing well, but when they have someone who is rubbish, they just let them keep going, and after 30 seconds it’s just not funny anymore. I still can’t believe they put through the woman above. So much of the show seems to be fixed. Like Katie Waissel for example, when Simon wouldn’t let her sing the song she’s chosen, and then when they made her sing something else and she forgot the words Louis accused her of being unprepared. That was so stupid, she was prepared! But they wouldn’t let her sing the song she had prepared! Then eventually she did and it was good, obviously. Why did Simon say that “At Last” was a song that they hear all the time? I don’t remember that many people auditioning with that song. It’s like on Britain’s Got Talent when Shaheen Jafargholi sung Valerie and then Simon stopped him and asked him to sing something else and he did Who’s Lovin’ You by Michael Jackson. That was so planned.

So what do you think? Were some of the acts’ voices auto-tuned? Is it all a big fix? Tell me what you think in the comment box below.

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