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Producer defends X Factor in row

Fans criticised producers for apparently 'autotuning' Gamu Nhengu on The X Factor

An award-winning record producer has defended The X Factor over claim the TV talent show used technology to make some contestants' voices sound better.

Furious viewers filled internet forums with complaints about the use of "autotuning" during the programme.

But Donal Hodgson, who won a Grammy for his work with Sting, said using it was perfectly acceptable as long as it was not a total "fabrication".

He said: "The issue would be if the X Factor was using it on people that really couldn't sing and making something that was a fabrication. I didn't see the show but I imagine if you have a lot of young people who have never sung live on stage before then they will sing out of tune.

"They won't be used to monitors and hearing their own voices coming back to them so they would be more likely to sing out of tune."

Most of the allegations surrounded teenage contestant Gamu Nhengu, who sang a version of the Katrina And The Waves hit Walking On Sunshine. After hearing her effort, judge Simon Cowell told the 18-year-old, from Clackmannanshire, Scotland, she was "really talented" before she was unanimously voted through to the next round.

But on the show's website, robhayes wrote: "Absolutely disgusting use of... autotune... does X Factor really think we are idiots? I see the idea of making the show more entertaining, but this is taking the mick... really..."

A spokesman for broadcasting watchdog Ofcom said it had received 30 complaints about the issue.

He said: "We do not consider that the complaints received to date raise issues under the Ofcom Broadcasting Code."

The code states broadcasters must "ensure that viewers and listeners are not materially misled about any broadcast competition or voting".

By The Press Association

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Yaady Boy Entertainment presents Four Bulla An A Patty

This is a hilarious comedy set in a small district of rural Jamaica called Bell Castle

Breno (Ricky Rowe) the local thug and wannabe singer, will stop at nothing to get close to Tamara, the beautiful daughter of Mr. John (Charles Tomlin), a greedy shopkeeper and local councillor who despises Breno with every fibre of his body while at the same time having a fatal attraction to Miss Joyce (Lavern Harcher), Breno’s mother.

Also featuring the talented Olive Miller as Trudy. Written by Ricky Rowe and directed by Anton Phillips.

FOUR BULLA AN A PATTY AT THE DRUM
4th and 5th September
7.30pm
£18 (£16)
Auditorium
The Drum, 144 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham, B6 4UU
Box Office: 0121 333 2444       
www.the-drum.org.uk/event/four-bulla-an-a-patty

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Price hits out at pregnancy claims

She says she's "100 per cent not pregnant!"

Katie Price has hit out at claims she's expecting another baby.

The star, mother to Harvey, Junior and Princess, took to Twitter to say she was "100 per cent not pregnant!"

She said: "If a girl doesn't have a flat stomach or is a size zero that means she is pregnant! Give us girls a break."

Katie, 32, tweeted as ex-husband Peter Andre wrote that he and Katie, now married to cage fighter Alex Reid, had begun to forge a more friendly relationship.

He wrote in New! magazine: "Things are amicable between Kate and me at the moment and I'm really keen to keep it this way for the sake of the children.

"It's weird having been with the kids solidly for three weeks and now not seeing them for another three, but that's the deal and we have to share them."

By The Press Association

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Krystle Warren at Limetree Festival

She has honed a distinctive musical style that merges jazz, blues, folk, funk and pop

With a string of sell-out shows, and an ever-growing international following, Krystle Warren has quickly become hot property.

She hails from Kansas City and learned to play the guitar by listening to Rubber Soul and Revolver. Busking on the streets of New York and Paris, she honed a distinctive musical style that merges jazz, blues, folk, funk and pop, combining a range of influences from Rufus Wainwright to Betty Carter, Willie Nelson to Nina Simone.

There is no Krystle Warren-shaped pigeon-hole. The last 12 months have seen her equally at home touring with the high priests of “vocal play” Naturally 7, appearing alongside the likes of Green Gartside, Teddy Thompson, and Robyn Hitchcock on the Way To Blue – The Songs of Nick Drake tour, opening for Mercury Award winning Portico Quartet and most recently playing two sell out shows at Southbank Centre as part of Richard Thompson’s Meltdown.

Krystle Warren’s latest album Circles is out now on Manu Chao’s label.

Combining an infectious onstage energy with a cracking sense of humour, Krystle live is a treat.

“Warren’s voice is an extraordinary instrument, murmuring with tenderness at times, growling with intensity at others. It vividly recalls Nina Simone in its depth and smokiness, as well as John Martyn and Buckley in terms of virtuosic variety.” (Guardian). “Warren’s talents are extraordinary. She’s the real deal.”(The Observer)

KRYSTLE WARREN AT LIMETREE FESTIVAL
27th August
8:15pm
Limetree Festival
Grewelthorpe
01937 557812
www.limetreefestival.co.uk/

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Michael Douglas has throat tumour

He said he expected to make a full recovery, and is "very optimistic"

Michael Douglas is to undergo eight weeks of radiation and chemotherapy for a tumour in his throat.

The 65-year-old actor said he expected to make a full recovery and told People magazine he was "very optimistic".

The Oscar-winning Wall Street star, who is married to British actress Catherine Zeta Jones, appears this year in the sequel, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

Michael is currently outside the US, publicist Allen Burry said. He refused to give his location or say where he would be treated.

Michael and Catherine bought a house on Bermuda nearly a decade ago and Zeta-Jones said they planned to raise their two children there.

By The Press Association

 

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