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Now (.) the x factor and its contestants or rather one particular contestant Ceri Rees from
Bridgend in South Wales: (audio of Ceri Rees)
It was indeed (.) Ceri Rees’ fourth appearance on the x factor and therefore the fourth
time regular viewers would have been able to see (.) that in x factor terms at least (.) she
really didn’t stand the slightest chance of progressing in the competition (.) great tv
maybe (.)but it was impossible not to watch and wonder whether (.) as someone who
appeared pretty vulnerable the producers should have allowed her to be potentially
humiliated but now it’s been alleged that the producers went further and invited Mrs Rees
to appear for the fourth time with all manner of encouragement when they must have
known (.) to put not too fine a point on it that she couldn’t sing and was being set up to
fail (.) well that’s the allegation ridiculed for ratings as the mail put it this morning so is it
true(.) I spoke to Amanda Roberts a singing teacher and friend of Ceri Rees and the
source of the mail’s story
AR: There was a bit of a hiccup last year where she was invited back to the x factor and I
did manage to intervene at the very last minute I was outraged to think that whilst I was
on holiday that Ceri had been sent backing tracks she had also been sent train tickets and
also accommodation so then I acted on behalf of Ceri and her family to the x factor to say
that she was unwell and was not able to participate on this occasion but unfortunately I
didn’t know that Ceri had actually gone back this time (.) Ceri has had to experience a
further 3 stages of the x factor to get onto that stage

You mean she had already been through 3 auditions before what appeared on the tv was
recorded

AR: (Interrupts) yes yes

You talked about what happened last year where you intervened at the 11th hour and she
didn’t participate what happened this year did they approach her or did she approach
them

AR: I couldn’t tell you 100% I have spoken to Ceri (.) over the last day or 2 she is
extremely upset at the moment and she is dealing with a lot of other issues which are
going on as far as I am aware that Ceri has been invited back onto the show she may have
actually filled out an application form but regardless of all of this whether she applied or
not she should never have gone through these auditions Ceri is a beautiful lady who in
my eyes is a star in my life because she is an amazing person but she is by no means the x
factor and never would be so why is it that Ceri has gone through 3 auditions onto the
stage to be ridiculed once more by the x factor judges

You see the programme told us they said that the x factor is open to everybody to apply
(interjection – yes I agree) and we regularly welcome back contestants who want to
audition again Ceri has been taking singing lessons since she last appeared on the show
and she wanted to have her vocals judged by a new panel as she hadn’t been successful
with the previous line up (.) what do you make of that
AR: there’s nobody else seems to have this opportunity

//Well I don’t know about that there were people all over the place who er who well
throughout the show actually (.) who had who had been before

AR: yes

so it’s not the first time people had been back

AR: no I agree we do see people but personally (.) I in my opinion the only people we
actually see who actually allowed to have this opportunity who are people who are
vulnerable

In a nutshell why do you think that the producers er sought to get Ceri back onto the
show

AR: she makes good television and it’s nothing to do with her singing ability or talent

So do you you think that she’s been exploited

AR: (.) yes I definitely do

Amanda Roberts (.) we did ask talkback Thames who make the x factor to talk to us but
they declined and instead sent us this statement er you heard some of this earlier but I’ll
read it again (.) “ the x factor is open to everybody to apply and we regularly welcome
back contestants who want to audition again Ceri has been taking singing lessons since
she last appeared on the show and she wanted to have her vocals judged by a new panel
as she hadn’t been successful with the previous line up her audition was the same length
as the other key stories we have featured in this series and Ceri has assured the team
today that she is happy she auditioned for the show” but what about the key question of
who originally approached who did Thames talkback ask Ceri Rees back a for a fourth
appearance I asked the company this morning and they declined to answer the question

				
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