Is X Factor becoming too cruel?

By Ellyn Peratikou

Boot camp kicked off this weekend and contestants were put into groups, given a song to perform in front of the judges, and immediately told if they’d made it through to the next stage before being put through to the judge’s houses. However, in true X Factor style, there were a few twists and turns thrown in.

Show producers introduced a ‘musical chairs’ style round, where immediately after they had performed, the chosen contestants were given a place on one of six seats, believing they had made it through to judge’s houses.

In a cruel twist it meant that if the judges wanted to send another act through they had to drop someone who had already been given a seat.

Saturday’s show brewed up a storm on Twitter, with viewers branding it ‘cruel’ and comparing it to The Hunger Games, a novel which televises 12 children battling to the death for viewers’ entertainment.

Nicole Scherzinger’s Girls category was seen taking to the stage one at a time, with the former Pussycat Doll giving a simple Yes or No answer on the spot, directing the contestant to sit in one of six white chairs if they were successful. One of the girls, Karen, sang We Are Young by Fun and was the first girl to be put through. Nicole then decided to swap her for Melanie McCabe, which left poor Karen distraught. The axed contestant later shared a tweet by comedian Dara O’Briain, which reading: “Wow, X-factor seems to have become more exploitative than ever.”

Did you feel uncomfortable watching this weekend?

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