‘X Factor‘ saw a new addition to the ‘Celebrity’ live shows this year… safe seats! Each judge can use their seat once to send an act straight through to next week’s show. But are the safe seats decided in advance?
Auto cue for the show gave away the fixed safe seats
During last weekend’s show, Kevin McHale was given the safe seat by Louis Walsh putting him straight through to the live shows. However, a fan tweeted about the fact that the auto cue, which is read by Dermot while introducing acts, already mentioned Kevin’s safe seat success before Louis has pushed the button.
On the auto cue the line: ‘Congrats, through to next week’ can be seen. Now we’re not doubting the telepathic abilities of the show’s producers, but this does seem a little out of the ordinary. We’ve done a little research here at Talent Recap and auto cues for television shows such as ‘X Factor’ are pre-written and already team approved hours ahead of the show. Quick decisions like the announcement of a safe seat cannot be incorporated into the script that quick, unless the show is literally run by super humans!
Past live show additions have faced similar criticism
Remember the theme jukebox that ‘randomly’ selected a theme for each week during the live shows? It faced similar criticism for being fake after landing on themes such as Halloween the exact week of the event. Claims that producers of the show just used the jukebox to try keep the show fresh and maintain viewing ratings were spread across Twitter during the night of the episode.
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