Fans Say Five-Seat Format Of ‘X-Factor Australia’ Is Cruel

Fans Say Five-Seat Format Of ‘X-Factor Australia’ Is Cruel
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The “X-Factor Australia” format seems to have disappointed fans in a wrong way. The new five-seat challenge has been labeled as “cruel” by many of the fans. Let’s find out what it is all about.


If a singer is successful in his or her attempt, he is given a spot among five seats. Those who receive the seat are allowed to move on to the next stage of the competition. However, there is a catch. Even if the five seats are filled up, the X-Factor coach has the final say. He can eject one of the five-seat holders and be replaced by any other contestants.

The new format was quite disappointing for the show’s audience and they took to social media to show their grievances. During the episode of Sunday, Chris Isaak replaced two of the young singers. The viewers got furious and the coach was booed by them.

Yolanda, a fan of the show, said, “I don’t like this ‘swap’ business. #cruel.” The Sunday’s X-Factor episode also disappointed Bonnie, another follower who wrote, “This is a painful way of making selections. Gotta be a better way! Putting me off watching!”

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Melissa Edwards wrote, “Much prefer the old way of selecting top five.” Jim-E wrote in his comment, “Omg!! I wanted to cry with Isaiah.”

Four of the five seats are already filled up in the over 25 group of singers in “X-Factor Australia.” There are seven more singers to go and this swapping can be quite dangerous for all singers who already have their seats in the next stage.

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