‘X Factor’ bans Auto-Tune

Vocal technology is off limits after complaints

The X Factor have announced that they will stop using Auto-Tune software to enhance contestants’ performances.

Programme makers admitted they had adjusted some performances in the final edits of last weekend’s show (August 21), causing a debate over the validity of the talent contest.

However, a spokesperson for the show explained that any technology used was to eliminate hiss or background noises, and not to enhance vocals.

An X Factor spokesperson has now told BBC News that the technology will now not be used at all as the series progresses.

“There will be no Auto-Tune in the audition shows or for competitive performances on live shows,” they explained.

The move has led some commentators to suggest that the Auto-Tune controversy could have been drummed up by the show itself to create hype around the start of the new series.

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