One of the most famous and momentous televised singing competitions in history is getting the documentary treatment and apparently what we’ll see isn’t very positive. An upcoming TV special will reportedly shine a light on allegations of off-camera harassment and instances of bullying on The X Factor.
The show is rumored to check in with former contestants and stars of the show, and will apparently be interviewing “at least one” of X Factor host Simon Cowell’s aides.
“There are currently some former contestants telling their stories for the program,” a source told The Mail On Sunday “There are some out there who believe they were mistreated by the X Factor machine. They are now going to get their chance to have a say.”
Some of those former contestants and others associated with the show haven’t exactly been shy in recent years. “I feel a lot of people have been exploited on the show, people behind the scenes, different contestants have come forward and shared their stories,” John Grimes told ITV News.
“What baffles me is that they created a character but then, after the show, expected me to be a fully fledged, respected artist. I had to do damage control,” Cher Lloyd told the Guardian in 2020. “And still, at 26 years old, I have to do damage control. Years later, I do have some anger towards people for doing that to me.”