UK - Binulabog ng Pinay group na '4th Power' o ng Gollayan sisters ang entablado ng The X Factor UK kasama ang mga judges at audience sa kanilang audition sa naturang show.
Inawit ng 4th Power ang 'Bang Bang' na orihinal na inawit nila Jessie J, Ariana Grande at Nicki Minaj. At pagkatapos ng kanilang pagtatanghal ay napatayo ang apat na hurado na kinabibilangan nila Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Rita Ora at Nick Grimshaw.
Bagama't nagging viral ang audition ng 4th Power ay binalot pa rin ito ng kontrobersya dahil sa artikulong lumabas sa Mirror.co.uk na nagsasabing planado ang pag-audition ng magkakapatid na sina Almira, Celena, Mylene at Irene.
Ayon sa artikulo ay inimbithan ang magkakapatid na nadiskubre ng mga researchers ng The X Factor UK. Ang 4th Power ay nakipagpulong sa mga producers ng show at ipinaalam ng magkakapatid ang kanilang mga pinagdaanan sa iba't ibang kumpetisyon mula sa ibang bansa at sa Pilipinas.
Bago pa man ang The X Factor UK audition ng Gollayan Sisters ay nauna nang sumali ang mga ito sa Superstar K6 sa Korea sa pangalang M.I.C.A. at gayundin sa Pinoy Idol at Showtime ng ABS-CBN.
Narito ang nagging pahayag ni Simon Cowell tungkol sa kontrobersya ng 4th Power base sa artikulo:
After the launch event, Cowell was asked how the girls came to be in the show.
He said: “I don’t know how we found them.”
He added: “You have to give some people a second shot. I remember thinking, whoever found them did great job, they are fantastic.
“It felt their time was right and if they have been on something before we could do a better job with them, make a better record than anyone else.
“They got a bigger reaction than any British act. They could give Little Mix a run for their money.”
Asked whether he was comfortable about foreigners taking spots that could be filled by UK singers, Cowell replied: “Part of me welcomes foreign talent in case we may not find enough at home.
“Another part of me thinks it is a badge of honour if you do well on the UK show.
"We sell it all around the world. That’s the one they all want to audition for and I’m competitive against the other versions of the show. So I like it if foreign talent comes to the UK and not to their home country.”
Ngunit base rin sa rules ng The X Factor UK: “Acts may be invited to audition for the programme by researchers acting on behalf of the producer. Such acts will be required to go through the audition process.”
At panghuli, ayon sa The X Factor UK spokesman: "X Factor producers did not approach Fourth Power to audition - they flew to the UK to audition of their own accord and went through exactly the same audition process as other acts. Their interview in the programme clearly said that they had been performing together since 2001and had competed in various places. There are no rules preventing anyone who has appeared on other shows from applying for The X Factor."
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