Simon Cowell's X Factor Fesses to Auto-Tune Use

Simon Cowell's U.K.-based singing competition The X-Factor caused an uproar this week after fans online suspected foul play via the use of Auto-Tune, an audio processor that corrects a singer's pitch and tone.

Allegations that Auto-Tune played a role in the Season 7 premiere arose shortly after it aired Saturday, according to Deadline. The episode featured an 18-year-old contestant named Gamu Nhengu performing Katrina and the Waves' "Walking On Sunshine." It was followed by outrage in online forums over what many thought were altered vocals.

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