American Idol producers: “we have never, nor would we ever, use Auto-Tuning”

The producers of American Idol released a statement today promising that they’ve never distorted the vocals of contestants using Auto-Tune or other technology. That statement comes in the wake of a scandal in the UK, where The X Factor has admitted manipulating vocals of its performers.

“We have never, nor would we ever, use Auto-Tuning during the ‘American Idol’ competition,” producers told the AP in a statement.

X Factor has decided to do the same thing. “There will be no auto-tune in the audition shows or for competitive performances on live shows,” a spokesperson told BBC News. Simon Cowell allegedly told X Factor staff that he was “mortified” and wanted to “ensure viewers can trust what they see on the show,” a source told The Daily Mirror.

The Auto-Tune scandal has led the news in the UK, with related stories popping up, including allegations in The Sun that Susan Boyle’s voice was altered in her audition, which became a worldwide phenomenon.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.