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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

London (ANI): It looks like Simon Cowell"s hit reality show 'X Factor" is not all that real, for a hopeful has revealed how the show"s crew train the contestants to plead, wheedle and in short look 'foolish". Rachel Goldsby, who rendered a reasonably good version of the Starship song 'We Built This City", said that the show"s judges told her that she hadn"t cut the musical mustard.

Goldsby went down on her knees to beg judges, Simon Cowell, Dannii Minogue, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh, to give her another chance because the show"s producers had asked her to do so."The producers said before we went on the show that if we were told by the judges that we were not good enough, we should not accept the decision. Basically, they told us to beg, so I did," the Daily Mail quoted Goldsby, as saying. "We have been set up to look like a bunch of fools. The whole thing is fake," she added.

The 31-year-old also blew the lid on various tactics used by the ITV show"s crew to make the show an unpleasant theatre of humiliation. "Those who think it's just about their voice are naive. We don't just want decent performers. We want people who either are going to make us cringe, or who have an amazing story, to make good TV," Goldsby said. Incidentally, several other contestants have also backed Goldsby"s revelations that the show is cooked up.

"People were told to tell the producers sob stories if they had any. The crew were coaching people about what to say and exactly how they wanted them to say it before they faced the judges". They would re-shoot again and again if something didn't go the way they wanted it to. It was basically acting a lot of the time," said Shay, another contestant. "We saw so many people who were really talented who never got as far as facing Simon Cowell. It's unfair," she said.

The source also cited the incident involving 17-year-old Emma Chawner, who was brought on the show to provide wholesome entertainment. Cowell told Chawner that she was" out of tune and sounded like a baby" and her family, "spontaneously" barged into the judges' room to object. Later it emerged that the episode was manipulated from the start. "After going through a series of successful auditions in which she had been told she was 'what the judges might be looking for', she probably thought she had something," a source revealed.

"But there was nothing spontaneous about any of it. The family were filmed even before Emma's televised audition because it was clear it would make very funny TV, and they were encouraged by the crew to complain. The judges had even been told to ask about Emma's dress because they'd discovered that her father had made it. So much of it was scripted and staged," the source added.

As another source from the show admitted, 'everything is scripted down to the last second". "For all it"s positioning as a reality talent show, there is very little about The X Factor that hasn't been scripted down to the last millisecond. It is a well-oiled and ruthless machine," the source said.

Going by Ryan Seacrest"s words, Simon Cowell loves watching himself on TV. The 'American Idol" host revealed the news to Johnny Vaughn on Capital FM. "He brings DVDs of himself on X Factor to watch when we have to travel for American Idol," the Mirror quoted Seacrest, as telling the radio station.But after spilling the beans, the 34-year old host tried to backtrack himself after realizing that he might end up in trouble over his utterances. "I really shouldn't say it, I don't want people to get the wrong idea, to think that he might be self involved... but he does," Seacrest said.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

London (ANI): It looks like Simon Cowell"s hit reality show 'X Factor" is not all that real, for a hopeful has revealed how the show"s crew train the contestants to plead, wheedle and in short look 'foolish". Rachel Goldsby, who rendered a reasonably good version of the Starship song 'We Built This City", said that the show"s judges told her that she hadn"t cut the musical mustard.

Goldsby went down on her knees to beg judges, Simon Cowell, Dannii Minogue, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh, to give her another chance because the show"s producers had asked her to do so."The producers said before we went on the show that if we were told by the judges that we were not good enough, we should not accept the decision. Basically, they told us to beg, so I did," the Daily Mail quoted Goldsby, as saying. "We have been set up to look like a bunch of fools. The whole thing is fake," she added.

The 31-year-old also blew the lid on various tactics used by the ITV show"s crew to make the show an unpleasant theatre of humiliation. "Those who think it's just about their voice are naive. We don't just want decent performers. We want people who either are going to make us cringe, or who have an amazing story, to make good TV," Goldsby said. Incidentally, several other contestants have also backed Goldsby"s revelations that the show is cooked up.

"People were told to tell the producers sob stories if they had any. The crew were coaching people about what to say and exactly how they wanted them to say it before they faced the judges". They would re-shoot again and again if something didn't go the way they wanted it to. It was basically acting a lot of the time," said Shay, another contestant. "We saw so many people who were really talented who never got as far as facing Simon Cowell. It's unfair," she said.

The source also cited the incident involving 17-year-old Emma Chawner, who was brought on the show to provide wholesome entertainment. Cowell told Chawner that she was" out of tune and sounded like a baby" and her family, "spontaneously" barged into the judges' room to object. Later it emerged that the episode was manipulated from the start. "After going through a series of successful auditions in which she had been told she was 'what the judges might be looking for', she probably thought she had something," a source revealed.

"But there was nothing spontaneous about any of it. The family were filmed even before Emma's televised audition because it was clear it would make very funny TV, and they were encouraged by the crew to complain. The judges had even been told to ask about Emma's dress because they'd discovered that her father had made it. So much of it was scripted and staged," the source added.

As another source from the show admitted, 'everything is scripted down to the last second". "For all it"s positioning as a reality talent show, there is very little about The X Factor that hasn't been scripted down to the last millisecond. It is a well-oiled and ruthless machine," the source said.

Going by Ryan Seacrest"s words, Simon Cowell loves watching himself on TV. The 'American Idol" host revealed the news to Johnny Vaughn on Capital FM. "He brings DVDs of himself on X Factor to watch when we have to travel for American Idol," the Mirror quoted Seacrest, as telling the radio station.But after spilling the beans, the 34-year old host tried to backtrack himself after realizing that he might end up in trouble over his utterances. "I really shouldn't say it, I don't want people to get the wrong idea, to think that he might be self involved... but he does," Seacrest said.

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