X Factor 2017: Is the show FIXED? Contestant reveals shocking truth behind auditions
Two thirds of the 2017 finalists were found by Simon Cowell's team before the series started after researchers attended open mic nights and scoured YouTube for independent talent, according to the Daily Star.
Now, Sam Black, Lloyd Macey and Leon Mallett have finally spoken out about their own stories of appearing on the show.
Sam said: “Well I definitely didn't get scouted. Before The X Factor, I'd never even played a gig before so I don't know how anyone could scout me.
“I didn't even apply to audition. My girlfriend, sorry fiancée, signed me up online and I didn't know she had done it!”... read more
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