Upcoming X Factor documentary to expose "bullying and exploitation"
The documentary will reportedly give those who felt mistreated a chance to have a say.
According to numerous reports, a documentary set to examine allegations of bullying and exploitation in the singing competition series X Factor is in the works.
The show first aired on British TV in 2004 and enjoyed a 15-year-long run, with the last series airing in 2018. Over its course, the show launched the careers of a number of pop music stars including One Direction, Little Mix, Shayne Ward, Alexandra Burke, Leona Lewis, JLS and Olly Murs.
Despite its popularity, X Factor often faced accusations of exploitation, while a number of stars have since spoken about the alleged mistreatment they experienced during their time on the show. Now, it's understood that a documentary will examine these claims in full.
According to the Mail on Sunday, two production companies are working on a series, though nothing has been confirmed just yet.
A source told the paper: "There are some who believe they were mistreated by the X Factor machine. They are now going to get their chance to have a say."
The insider added: "But what is more worrying for Cowell and ITV is that there are some of his former lieutenants who are ready to break their silence on what went on."
— Rebecca Ferguson (@RebeccaFMusic) April 5, 2021
The past few years have seen a number of former X Factor contestants shed some light on how they were treated by production.
Additionally, last year, Irish twins Jedward said that their biggest regret was "not telling the judges on X Factor to fuck off" and that every contestant was a "slave to the show", while executives "made millions".
Another contestant, Chico Slimani, spoke about his experience last year. He told talkRADIO that the X Factor machine was like a "conveyor belt".
Last year, a spokesperson for X Factor said: "Duty of care to our contestants is of the utmost importance to us. We take welfare very seriously and have measures in place to ensure that they are supported."