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X-Factor

High School Choir Claims

SABOTAGE!

7/21/2013 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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"X-Factor" producers concocted an elaborate scheme in order to GUARANTEE the failure of one H.S. Show Choir ... all for the sake of shaming them on national television, so say the alleged victims. 

Members of Hollywood High School choir -- H20 -- filmed a segment for the upcoming season of "X-Factor"

But things didn't go as planned.  The leader of H20 tells TMZ ... producers had a sick plan to humiliate and embarrass their crew when they appeared on stage.

They rehearsed an awesome song "Some Nights" by FUN, but at the last minute producers told them the song wasn't on the approved list.  Ditto the other song they rehearsed -- "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele.

They ended up singing "Shake It Out" by Florence and the Machine ... and it was a disaster.  For starters, Simon cut the choir off before they could get through the song ... because they were wearing normal street clothes instead of their uniforms.  But here's the thing -- they say producers insisted that the group NOT wear the uniforms.

But wait -- there's more.  The group claims they had to wait 14 hours before taking the stage, they weren't able to rehearse, and they only gave the 14 choir members 6 mics.

The group tells us ... they're demanding an apology because they feel they were purposefully humiliated. 

A rep for "X-Factor" tells TMZ ... "The group had the chance of performing 2 songs for judges. The judges didn't think they were good enough to move forward in this competition."

Then adds, "Certain songs cannot be cleared for use in the show and contestants are informed of this in advance and are asked to choose alternative songs if this is the case. None of the judges even commented on what the group was wearing."

Now here's what the group sounds like .... singing "Some NIghts" at TedX in Hollywood.
 


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J    

You could have given this group of rejects 30 mics, and the outcome would have been the same.

WAH, WAH, WAH Sometimes in life you are given 1 shot. Sometimes you will need to improvise, and shoot from the hip, but the greats rise up during that single occasion, and make history!

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afan    

I honestly couldn't finish the video. They don't sound like the worst singers I've heard. But they don't sound very good. They sound off key and a little on the high pitched side. It sounds like producers don't have anything to apologize if it says in the rules you may need alternate songs.

271 days ago
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Jess    

They are terrible. Holy crap. I can't imagine what they sound like w/a song they haven't rehearsed.

271 days ago
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Jake    

Sorry...I mean that! I gave them a huge benefit of the doubt. Competition shows are mostly evil! But these kids are terrible! If that was performance quality...I can only imagine what poor Simon heard. Barely even 2:00 minutes into this mess I could listen no more...and turned it off! God bless these kids for loving what they do...but X-Factor material they are not!

271 days ago
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CJ    

They sound like ass I am sorry. All I can hear is someone's really nasal-y, lisp-y voice over all the others. Then someone started singing "woah" off key! Simon was right, learn to take bad news girls!

271 days ago
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Chuck Salgado    

Without doubt they suck!!!!!!! Its a competiton, so dont be a crybaby and move on!!!!

271 days ago
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Holly    

Sorry that happened to you kids. Not nice Simon & Co. These reality shows are manipulated. Good luck to all of you.

271 days ago
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PhilipMarkum    

Simon Cowell is SO over, it's pathetic. Everyone knows he is just trying to revive the glory of the first year (maybe two) of American Idol and the fact is that X Factor SUCKS. I will love the day we are guaranteed that Cowell and his shirts and smarmy 70's hair that makes him look like the dumber twin to Schneider the building superintendent on 70s sitcom One Day At A Time. The sooner Simon goes back to London the better.

271 days ago
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S Romeo    

This is a cry for attention to be honest I work on the show and have now for 3 seasons now and there's not 1 person on the 200 person Union crew that works a 14hr day because of money obviously. With that the 14hr wait is a complete lie, also in the time you are waiting for your performance you can rehearse as much as your heart pleases! Yes there are interviews that happen but if you want the best outcome you'd rehearse every chance you got and you have every opportunity to do that! Then next these kids are told way far ahead of time what they can sing and what they can't, they even have done a 1st round of auditions that they made it through and have been well versed on what they can and cannot sing! I was there and witnessed the audition they are complaining about and they have nobody but themselves to blame for their outcome on the show! They were horrible and have no one but themselves to blame for not paying attention to the rules. Maybe 1 of the 14 should be in charge because obviously 14 high school kids can't focus enough to hear the restrictions that sank them. Yes they are talented but because they can't listen to instruction they lost out on an opportunity to excel! do you really think matching outfits effected the outcome? No thats called grasping at straws because they embarrassed them selves by not paying attention to the rules! Simon nor any Xfactor employees owes these kids an apology, they need to apologize to each other for not paying attention to what is being said to them!

271 days ago
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Truth    

THESE IDIOTS SUCK, POINT BLANK!! THE SOLO VOCALS WERE PITCHY, OFF KEY. HARMONIES WERE CRAP. NO DIVERSIFICATION IN RANGE AND TONE AMONGST THE SINGERS. GIVE THEM 100 MICS THEY STILL SUCK. EVEN THE KIDDIES CHOIR NY PS22 ON YOUTUBE ARE WAAAY BETTER. HOWEVER, THESE LAME REALITY SHOWS ARE ALL FAKE. I KNOW DUDES WHO WENT TO THOSE AUDITIONS. THEY PICK WHO THEY WANT ON TV, NOT EVERY1 GETS AUDITIONED EITHER. IF YOU DONT HAVE A GOOD BACKGROUND STORY THEY DONT WANT YOU ONSTAGE. PRODUCERS ARE LOOKING FOR CHARACTERS NOT TALENT. IT'S ALL FAKE ASS RATINGS PLOY. #TRUTH!!

271 days ago
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NOT ELMO    

SIMON COWELL made a Mistake when He Hired PAULINA RUBIO to be in X-FACTOR, He should've Hired Singer BELINDA because BELINDA is also Latina Born in SPAIN But Raised in MEXICO and BELINDA is only 23 Years Old, Has Sold 18 MILLION Records and has 3 Nominations for the latin GRAMMY AWARDS, Plus is BELINDA is The MOST Beautiful Latina Singer right now....

271 days ago
12.

Areader    

It's all about the ratings and ratings are one thing the X-Factor doesn't have!

271 days ago
13.

Scary    

Hate to say this, they're not that great. Like others on here, I also couldn't finish the video. I realize they're only high school kids, though, so props for that.

271 days ago
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Steve    

LOL. Is it me or are they really not that good?

That was a horrible cover. No one sounded on key together.

271 days ago
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Phoenicks    

Sorry. As long as this genre of TV has been in existence, and as many stories that have come out from previous contestants - you don't get a Simon audition until you pass the producer rounds, there are songs the producers want you to sing, etc. - you're shocked by your treatment by the X-Factor? Get over yourselves. These types of shows are awful, with fixed outcomes, planted contestants, and shady practices that you never see make the air.

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