X Factor hopefuls get boot from camp

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Gary Barlow

X Factor judge Gary Barlow

The 'X Factor' judges Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh, Tulisa Contostavlos and Kelly Rowland made the decision to axe 40 hopefuls before the boot camp stage started.

Half of this year's 'X Factor' hopefuls were axed from the boot camp stage before it started.

The judges, Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh, Kelly Rowland and Tulisa Contostavlos decided to watch recordings of the 186 auditionees the night before the next stage of the competition - which can be seen on ITV1 tonight (24.09.11) - started and make the harsh decision to get rid of 40 of contestants before they got a chance to sing again.

The next day the four judges faced the acts and after splitting them into four groups they addressed the nervous singers.

Kelly said: "Last night while you guys were out enjoying yourselves, we decided to take a look back at your auditions, we reviewed them all on tape, there are some incredibly talented people standing before us ... If you are in the group to the far left, we believe you have potential and you're staying in the competition."

Gary added: "We have had a chance now to review everything, we don't believe that everybody standing here today actually has the chance to make it. It's been a really tough decision but some of you are going to be going home right now.

"The group to the left of centre here, I'm so sorry guys, you're all going home, to everyone else, we really look forward to working with you this week, see you soon."

However, not all the axed hopefuls took the news well, and Curtis Ray White, 24, confronted the judges to demand to know why he was not being given another opportunity to sing.

Speaking to Gary, he said: "I haven't even been given a fair opportunity to show you what I can do. I can do it all.'

But the unmoved Take That singer replied: "You know what mate, the truth of this is your opportunity was your audition, we sat last night and we saw everyone's audition. We are saying to you go and make yourself better because there are people a lot better than you in your category, you're not even going to get a chance, why do we need to lead you on for this week."

After taking notice of Gary's words Curtis has vowed to return next year a better singer.

He said: "It's not the end. He (Gary) didn't have to come out, he had a word with me, he told me what to do so now I am going to come back next year."


1. britty6424 Sep 2011, 1:40pm Report

This is so unfair the auditionees where told they had got through to boot camp!!to just throw them off before they even sing again is cruel(probably for wow factor appeal)the judges are supposed to take the feelings of the contestants to heart not trample all over them!! how would have Gary Barlow, Tulisa & Kelly have felt if they had experienced the like at the start of their careers!!shame on you judges!!

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