Fox Admits That ‘X Factor’ Contestants Are Lip-Syncing

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Is lip-syncing okay… for a singing contest?

Turns out there’s a Milli Vanilli situation over at ‘The X Factor,’ which just got outed for allowing contestants to lip-sync on stage.

We’re not sure how widespread this is, though the following clip clearly shows contestant LeRoy Bell ‘singing’ before his lips actually move.  In fact, the mic isn’t even raised to his lips when the part begins.

This is not an isolated case.  Fox Television has now admitted that singers are indeed lip-syncing, but insists that this is only in limited, group ensemble situations.  “For the group ensemble performance, the vocals are pre-recorded to allow acts to concentrate on preparing for their own live competitive performances on Wednesdays – this is also no different to what other competition shows do for ensemble performances,” a Fox representative told Digital Music News.  “All survival songs are performed live, with just a backing track.”

Even better, contestant LeRoy Bell laughingly admitted the gaffe following the exposure.  “Ok, ok…. I s**k at lip syncing, Lol!” the singer tweeted.

The rep also noted that other shows – most suggestively American Idol – also feature lip-syncing.  Who knows the exact extent, though viewers are likely to be scrutinizing contestants for signs of faux-vocalizing ahead.

More as it develops.