'X Factor' fans shown moment Cheryl Cole collapses

Monday August 23, 2010

The X Factor returned on Saturday, promising viewers more talent, tantrums and tears as the seventh series gets underway.

Those tuning in to the hit show were also given a glimpse of judge Cheryl Cole collapsing after contracting malaria.

In a montage sequence, the 27-year-old is shown lying down on the couch after telling bosses she felt unwell during the audition stage in Cardiff.

The following day, the brunette was rushed to hospital after fainting on a photo shoot.

Cheryl was initially thought to be suffering from exhaustion, but doctors soon discovered she had contracted malaria after a holiday in Tanzania with Derek Hough.

Some 11.1 million people watched the first episode of this season's show – up from last year's figure of 9.9 million.

But already the programme has aroused controversy.

X Factor bosses have confirmed that vocal enhancement processes are used on the show after viewers claimed that auto tuning had been used to improve some contestants' voices.

A spokesman said that post-production work was necessary because of the number of microphones used during filming.

"The judges make their decisions at the auditions stage based on what they hear on the day, live in the arena," he added.

"The footage and sound is then edited and dubbed into a finished programme to deliver the most entertaining experience possible for viewers.

"When it gets to live shows, it will all be live."

Photo: © ITV

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