X Factor final feud
- Bang Showbiz
- 6 August 2010
'X Factor' producers reportedly had to break up a fight between contestants after girl band Husstle claimed their manager had made a deal with Simon Cowell which would guarantee them a place in the live shows
'X Factor' producers had to break up a fight between contestants over a girl band.
ITV executives were called in to "cool down" tensions, over claims the group - known as Husstle - had told fellow auditionees they had already been promised a spot in the final by judge Simon Cowell.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "This girl was boasting and winding everyone up about it. They had already been swanning around the place acting like top dogs, so when one of them said they were told they'd be in the final line-up it all kicked off.
"People were screaming and jabbing fingers at each other and some girls even burst into tears.
"The row got so nasty that producers had to rush in and cool it down."
One of the girls claimed the music mogul had already made a deal with their manager - former boy band star Spike Dawbarn, from 90s pop group 911 - to guarantee they stayed in the competition until the live stages.
However, a spokesperson for Simon has denied the claims they are staying as "total rubbish".
The girl band was originally a quartet consisting of Carol Mounsey, Stacey Camps, Jessica Kozi and Alannah Maggs before Simon suggested glamour model Sam Grierson leave her band Dice to help the four girls sex-up their line up.
The judges' houses round of the competition is due to start later this month, where more contestants than ever before will be put through from Bootcamp - to help judges Cheryl Cole and Dannii Minogue choose their finalists.