A vocal coach who worked with a contestant featured in the final auditions show at the weekend has criticised the show.

On Sunday, Ceri Rees sang in front of the X Factor judges, which was viewed by more than 11 million viewers. Her humiliating rejection has been criticised by a vocal coach who had previously tried to coach Ceri. Amanda Roberts told The Sun newspaper: “The show just wants someone to ridicule. The producers and judges should hang their heads in shame – they are exploiting a vulnerable woman.”

It is claimed that Ceri was approached for the show, to which Amanda tried in vein to stop the show from having her audition. “When they approached her to go back I rang the producers and told them it wouldn’t be good for her. We had a slanging match for half an hour – they spoke to me like mud.”

Mental health charities have also hit out at the way they believe that vulnerable contestants are exploited on the show. An ITV spokeswoman has defended the audition today saying: “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.”  ITV claim to have spoken to Ceri today and she has told them she is happy that she auditioned.

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