‘X Factor’ reject Shianne Phillips has hit out at the show’s producers, claiming her audition was fixed.
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Fans saw the aspiring singer fail to make it through to Bootcamp with her rendition of Whitney Houston’s ‘I Have Nothing’, but she has now claimed that events actually took a very different turn to those shown on TV.
Speaking to FLIC, Shianne said the whole thing was “staged”.
“I received two standing ovations when I sang Homeless [by Leona Lewis], and the audience was booing Simon and Rita. The entire arena of 5,000 people were chanting, ‘Shianne, Shianne, Shianne’ for ages, along with, ‘Say yes, say yes.’"
“‘X Factor’? It's more like Fix Factor."
An 'X Factor' spokesperson has since denied Shianne's claims, telling HuffPost UK: "Everyone who auditions in front of the judges is asked to choose 5 different songs that they'd be happy to perform and one of Shianne's choices was Whitney Houston's 'I Have Nothing'.
"We categorically refute any suggestion that Shianne’s performance was distorted in any way and Shianne did not complain following the audition about any of the judges’ comments, all of which were as seen on screen."
It’s not the first time the show has been hit by controversy this series, as it was revealed that contestant Hannah Kilminster had previously performed on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, and with Simon’s opera group Il Divo, despite claiming she had little experience singing.
It also emerged that girl group 4th Power had previously appeared on a talent show in South Korea, and had released a number of singles on iTunes.