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Lip syncing on 'The X Factor'? Sometimes

November 4, 2011 | 11:16 am


Is "The X Factor" really finding the next great Milli Vanilli? Simon Cowell's flashy singing competition series is catching some heat for lip syncing.

The scrutiny came after Thursday's episode when contestant Leroy Bell was heard singing before the microphone reached his mouth during an opening group medley. But an "X Factor" spokesperson said in a statement that such a practice is a common occurrence with ensemble performances:

"All survival songs are performed live, with just a backing track. For the group ensemble performance, the vocals are pre-recorded to allow acts to concentrate on preparing for their own live competitive performances on Wednesdays -- this is also no different to what other competition shows do for ensemble performances."

 And "The X Factor" certainly isn't alone in the matter. Network sibling "American Idol" has also copped to group numbers using recorded vocals.



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Photo: Leroy Bell performs on "The X Factor." Credit: Fox