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COWELL VOWS HE’LL NOT ALLOW AUTO-TUNE ON U.S. X FACTOR

August 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Simon Cowell is attempting to quell the uproar that followed revelations that his hit British TV show The X Factor has used Auto-Tune technology to keep promising contestants in perfect pitch and make apparent losers sound even worse. On Tuesday Cowell said that he was not aware that the technology was being employed on the show and, as producer of the show, ordered that the production team halt using it in the future. He said that it would not be a part of the U.S. version when it debuts in 2012. But Chas Newkey-Burden, author of Simon Cowell: The Unauthorized Biography, expressed skepticism about Cowell’s remarks. “No one on the production team would have the nerve to introduce the use of Auto-Tune without Simon’s OK,” he told the New York Post. “Not even the bravest person in TV would have tried that. They would have to be mad.”