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Simon Cowell Bans Auto-Tune on 'X-Factor'

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 24th 2010 11:00AM
Simon CowellA producer on Simon Cowell's 'X-Factor' has admitted to using Auto-Tune, the pitch-correction software that has become a household name thanks to pop stars and most recently Antoine Dodson and Auto-Tune the News, to improve the sound of auditioning contestants. Well, it sounds like cheating to us.

In response, Cowell has banned the software from 'X-Factor' -- both on the British version and the upcoming American one.

"The integrity of the show is very important to him and so he told production that Auto-Tune cannot be used again. Simon has banned producers from ever using this software again," a source told the Daily Mirror.

Here's what happened on the British show: Contestant Gamu Nhengu sang "Walking on Sunshine" to rave reviews and made it on to the next round, but according to Deadline Hollywood, fans got suspicious and took to Facebook to complain.

According to their observations, a correction can be heard at the beginning of the second verse.

Deadline Hollywood said an X-Factor spokesman has admitted to vocal enhancement technology being used in post-production work to "deliver the most entertaining experience possible for viewers."

Check out the video for yourself below.



Should Auto-Tune be banned from reality competitions?
Yes, I want to hear what the contestants really sound like. Auto-Tune isn't fair.1899 (95.5%)
No. If big stars can do it, why can't reality contestants?90 (4.5%)

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JANSACTO54

I WISH ALL THESE TALENT SHOWS, 'SPECIALLY THE SINGING ONES HAVE THE CONTESTANTS HIDDEN... SO THEY ARE JUDGED ONLY BY THEIR SINGING, NOT THEIR LOOKS!!

August 24 2010 at 2:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard Ott

Will Auto Tune be banned on American Idol, if there's
been a handful of contestants that have used it, too?

August 24 2010 at 1:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DR

It sounds like there was some kind of echo/feedback in the beginning and they used the software to correct it. Watch when Simon touches his ear, after that you can't hear it anymore.

August 24 2010 at 1:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Julie

WOW! Even the tuner made her sound horrible. I dont know what everyone was cheering for. It was awful...

August 24 2010 at 1:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hunkindoo1

Good move!!! ;0)

August 24 2010 at 12:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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