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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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31.

birdman    

THIS SHOW HAS BEEN A PIECE OF OVER-EDITED **** SINCE DAY 1.

1022 days ago
32.

AnonyMouse    

Dorky show, out-of-tune singers when they aren't lip-synching, scripted "drama." Yawn. I have better things to do than watch this drivel, like cutting my toe nails.

1022 days ago
33.

CriticXtreme    

This fakery in Hollyweird continues. Either you're going to sing or don't make morons think you are. This is the Britney Spears Process. Make idiots pay a lot of money to come see you lip-sync. This is why the recording industry sucks and you want to give someone 5 million to lip-sync? Search on the internet for artists who can actually sing or just turn this stupid show off. The only person singing all the way to the bank is Simon!

1022 days ago
34.

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

I've watched the show and it's a joke. The fans scream at anything. Freakin cattles. Go to commerical... the crowd screams.

1022 days ago
35.

L Carol    

I saw lip syncing at the home performances the group danced
with the mic near their waist & they had the same problem on the voting show mouths closed & mics down. too busy trying to be the Temptations not groomed enough.

1022 days ago
36.

Brian    

I have noticed this with American Idol several times over the last few years when they did the group songs. Surprised they weren't called out sooner.

1022 days ago
37.

Betty    

This part I kind of understood, but when the all boys group sang to stay in the competition there was also a part where singing was heard and no one had their mics up. Why isn't anyone talking about that??

1022 days ago
38.

Samantha    

http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/11/stereo-hogzz-lip-sync-x-factor.html

Stereo Hoggz, who were fighting for survival, CLEARLY lip syncing. I dont care if the do, Why lie and say its LIVE and give the impression that the performances are also LIVE. Just tell the truth, a LIVE tapping of pre-recorded songs.

1022 days ago
39.

Mike5564    

This is a good reason for the ratings to down fall and who would want to watch a fake show with lip synching wannabes!

1022 days ago
40.

Claus    

It's a voice talent show so this is as big a rip-off as Operation Repo. Fake, staged bs.

1022 days ago
41.

Maria    

Any where else but on this show; I like Simon, Paula and Nicole. Don't know the other dude; but this show is really CRAP. Even the host is a loser. I'm surprised they got another season.

1022 days ago
42.

1    

talking loud and rhyming was never a skill to begin with anyway

1022 days ago
43.

Billy    

What a joke. Glad I don'*****ch this.

1022 days ago
44.

Paddy    

Lip syncing on broadcast tv and live concerts has been going on for DECADES!!!!
It's not fraud, the singer is not someone else, it's the person lip syncing to their OWN recording!!
It' done to give the audience a smooth good sounding experience which is very difficult live and on TV.
You will NEVER hear a live voice on TV and seldom in a live venue, especially arena events...
Been going on for 40+ years...get over it!

1022 days ago
45.

Ganjanator    

This is what happens when talent is manufactured. I'm so glad art is still alive and well you just have to know where to find it.

1022 days ago
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