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'X Factor'

Yes, Our Contestants Lip-Synch

But Other Shows Do Too

11/4/2011 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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An "X Factor" performance last night revealed there's clearly lip-synching going down ... but a rep says the show is not alone, and it happens more often than you think.

During the opening song -- performed by all the contestants -- one singer started moving his mouth way after you could hear his voice. Oops.

An "X Factor" rep tells TMZ the vocals on all ensemble performances (not individual ones) are "pre-recorded" ... in order to give the contestants more time to work on competition songs.

The rep added, "This is also no different to what other competition shows do for ensemble performances."

The rep did not mention any of those "other" shows by name.

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Cheryl A.    

All the more reason not to * watch these talent-LESS shows.

894 days ago
2.

BarrysConspiracyWorld    

At least the audience didn't pay money to see it like they do for a Britney Spear lip sync event.

894 days ago
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INTERNET T0UGH GUY    

So did milli vanilli.

894 days ago
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Snowberrie    

How are you supposed to judge their talent, when they are not even really singing. Pathetic. Yawn, I won't be watching anymore..

894 days ago
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Ben    

It really is the same on other shows, even American Idol. It's not a big deal, they sing live for their performances, then when they do a group number (after voting has closed!) they lip synch.

894 days ago
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the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

You mean, reality shows aren't real? No way.

894 days ago
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Abe    

X-Factor should admit that the stupid judges' bantering put-downs to each other is all scripted too. Scripted by uncredited writers, I might add, so the Writers Guild of America won't be involved.

x

894 days ago
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Tom Brokaw    

Sorry simon Cowell, I think it's time to take your man boobies and plunging V neck shirts and go back to England, were getting tired of looking at your face

894 days ago
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AlwaysOnTimeB    

People with careers are doing this all the time. I think it's more excusable for people starting out than it is for someone who we pay to see.

894 days ago
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robertanton    

I do xfactor commentary on youtube and called this out many times. Of course they lipsynch, but they've also lipsynched in solo performance i.e. at the Judge's houses performances.
youtube/robertantonnyc

894 days ago
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Sassy    

Do some of you only skim the articles on TMZ?


It says it's during the GROUP ENSEMBLE numbers, not their solo performances when they are to be judged. Gosh!!

894 days ago
12.

Claus    

Will his stop the masses from watching these stupid 'talent' shows? Not likely. Yuck!!!!!!

894 days ago
13.

Different Rules Apply    

Can you say FARCE?!! This is a singing / talent competition - pre recorded????? No*****ching anymore... Don't really like Simon's new and improved "nice guy" demeanor anyway. Sicky sweet doesn't suit him.

894 days ago
14.

Willie'sNelson    

How borin to watch people pretend to sing there hearts out while just lippin along.

894 days ago
15.

stu    

paula abdul is the queen of lip singing.

894 days ago
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