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ITV admits staging X Factor shots
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Producers will "make it clear" when scenes have been staged

Some scenes in TV talent show The X Factor were staged "to get the story right", ITV has admitted.

"Occasionally, we have to go back and re-shoot something," the broadcaster's director of entertainment Paul Jackson said at a launch for the new series.

The shots, thought to be back-stage scenes, were recreated because cameras missed them first time around, he said.

"We tell stories, we don't tell lies," Mr Jackson added. The fourth series kicks off on ITV1 on Saturday.

'Not make-believe'

Dannii Minogue
Pop star Dannii Minogue endured auditions for the first time
The show's creator, Simon Cowell, also addressed the issue of trust, saying the programme was not "make-believe".

"The one thing I can tell you about the show is this - what you see is what happens. We don't censor. We don't sanitise."

"There is this almost a paranoia at the moment with what is real and what isn't real.

"If things carry on the way they are, the next time you show Jaws there's going to be Steven Spielberg at the top of the show saying, 'by the way the shark is made of rubber'."

Mr Jackson added that producers would "make it clear" if a scene had been staged for the show.

New line-up

The latest series of The X Factor sees the programme stretch its age-limits to allow 14-year-olds to take part for the first time.

About 150,000 people auditioned for a place in the final line-up of twelve and a shot at the prize of a 1m recording contract.

X Factor contestant
150,000 people auditioned for a place in the talent show
Cowell is joined on the judging panel by Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh - who was hired and fired from the programme earlier this year.

Dermot O'Leary takes over from Kate Thornton as host, while pop star Dannii Minogue becomes the fourth judge.

She refused to be drawn on whether her older sister, Kylie, had given her advice before she joined the show.

"My family are a very big part of my life," she told reporters.

"I talk to them about everything, including something as big as this."

But it was revealed that Kylie would be appearing in one of the studio-based episodes of the reality show.

Last year's winner, Leona Lewis, will also take part in the programme ahead of the release of her debut album.

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