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    Posted: 20 Oct 2011 at 15:45
X Factor: Slobbish contestants told they're ruining show



FURIOUS X Factor bosses hauled the remaining contestants into a crisis meeting this week, telling them: “You’re ruining the show.”

The singing hopefuls were dragged in front of tough-talking TV execs for a “harsh reality check” where they were accused of being disinterested and not living up to the programme’s “brand”.

Tuesday’s unscheduled meeting, held at the contestants’ house, saw producers slam their lacklustre attitude, with some of the 11 acts spending more time “slobbing around” the house in their pyjamas than rehearsing and performing.

They also accused them of arriving at the studios still in their slippers, looking bored, and making no effort with waiting fans.

A source said: “The acts were told, ‘If you want to be a star, you’ve got to start acting like one’. The lack of effort from some contestants has been disgraceful.”

The showdown came as The X Factor’s ratings hit a two-year low last weekend with more than two million switching off. Viewers slammed the poor performances as the main reason for not watching.

An insider added: “It was a pretty fiery talking to from some of the senior production staff. The acts were told in no uncertain terms what was expected of them. The producers are worried about the criticism the show has faced this series, and they worry the acts this year are not keeping the audience entertained.



“Viewers can’t even remember the names of several acts, and too many of them seem disinterested. They arrive at the studios for rehearsals half asleep, looking bored and still wearing their slippers.

“Bosses have told them to buck their ideas up and start behaving like future pop stars, before the public ignore them completely.”

Last Saturday’s edition of The X Factor had 9.6 million viewers between 7.45pm and 9.55pm – while the equivalent show in 2010 was watched by 12 million.

The drop means BBC rival Strictly Come Dancing has closed the gap between the shows to well under a million viewers, challenging The X Factor as Britain’s most popular entertainment programme.

This series was always set to be a crucial year for the talent contest, with the judging panel being overhauled and show supremo Simon Cowell moving to Los Angeles to focus on the American X Factor.

But while the new panel of Gary Barlow, Tulisa, Kelly Rowland and Louis Walsh are popular with viewers, the acts have been branded a disappointment compared to previous years.

A show source added: “Kitty is almost the only talking point. Frankie has the personality but his voice isn’t strong enough.”

Bosses have made a late change to this weekend’s show, altering the theme from “heroes” to “rock” to shake up the acts.

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