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While the eliminations usually take place on Sundays, the judge is reportedly giving one act the chop on Saturday, as he’s fed up with their disappointing performances.
According to The Sun, Simon called a crisis meeting at the ‘X Factor’ house, where he gathered all of the remaining singers to discuss their shoddy efforts and even Andrea Faustini didn’t escape the ear-bashing.
“The biggest problem I’ve got is the sing-offs, which have been horrendous, and there’s no excuse,” he is reported as telling them. “Michael Jackson was once asked the three things which make you into a star. And he said, ‘rehearse, rehearse, rehearse’.
“That’s what it’s all about. It’s not about mucking around with your friends in the house.”
Si then shocked the acts, telling them: “There are no second chances. This is how important the performance is on Saturday and Sunday.
“You all need a bit of a wake-up call. You’ve all got to build up your game and you’ve got to be the best you’ve ever been as this is what the music business is like.
“You put out a rubbish record, it doesn’t chart. You do a rubbish performance on the night, you’re out.”
Only The Young survived last week's sing-off
So far, ‘X Factor’ is losing the TV ratings battle against ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and a show source has told the paper that the music mogul is hoping the shake-up boosts numbers.
“Simon was fuming. He cares deeply about this show and if the acts aren’t performing, that reflects badly on him,” the source states. “Viewing figures haven’t been great recently and Simon is desperate to do something about it.”
Mel B has three acts left, as Jake Quickenden left the competition last week.