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Why’s X Factor’s Amelia Lily on hmv.com?

6 12 2011

When Amelia Lily returned to X-Factor a strange thing occurred.  News of her selection to replace the disgraced Frankie Cocozza appeared on the STV website  before the public vote had ended.  The X Factor PR machine claimed that site had prepared four stories to cover each of the contenders being voted back in by the public – but I looked at the time and I could only find Amelia’s.  No-one on twitter appeared to find the others at first either.

Earlier today Amelia’s winners’ single appeared on the HMV website, five days before viewers are asked to part with cash in order to take part in the big final public vote.  I can state categorically that as of 18.19 on Tuesday 6 December the other finalists don’t have winners’ singles for sale at hmv.com.

Ten days ago the X Factor M&S advert also appeared with a newly edited version giving Amelia the starring role in place of Misha B.  So what is going on?

Accusations of fixing are rife, but if the outcome is fixed it would be difficult to keep under wraps.  My best guess is that this is a cynical publicity stunt aimed at boosting the volume of column inches and pixels devoted to Amelia Lily because  more interest=more votes and Cowell and his company think she’s the act that they can make the most money from.  Here are my reasons.

  1. The Amelia Lily PR machine has been in overdrive in recent days
  2. The title of the song doesn’t appear on the website – that’s a big reveal kept for the final
  3. The single was removed from the hmv site at around 18.30 – but only after the Mirror published the story and the leak started to trend on twitter

Fix or not the X Factor bosses seem to have as much regard for a fair and free vote as the Russian prime minister.

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6 12 2011
Alex Hamshere (@hamalam)

If you researched correctly, you would see that both HMV and The X Factor have since tweeted, addressing the issue.

#XFACTOR NEWS: “We have just received this from HMV: “It’s just come to light that there was a technical issue uploading details of two of the artists to our site, which meant that only Amelia Lily’s details appeared. However, these have been temporarily removed so that all three finalists details will go up simultaneously tomorrow morning. Once up, fans will be able to pre-order the single by their preferred finalist but only orders for the eventual winner’s single will be processed and charged for”.

Everyone is too ready to assume the worst.

6 12 2011
Rob

Thanks Alex. I have seen both of these statements, although they hadn’t been released at the time of posting…back at you on the researching correctly thing :). This is the second time that a technical issue has been blamed for uploading web content about Amelia that shouldn’t have been there … and it has resulted in national media headlines and lots of buzz on-line. It’s unlikely to be a coincidence.

7 12 2011
Laura W (@LAU4A)

I’m not a conspiracy theorist but I’m inclined to side with Rob here. It’s rather coicidental that it’s the second time a ‘glitch’ has resulted in Amelia being publicised. I agree that it’s not a forgone conclusion but think it’s a very interesting marketing plan (which, by the fact her photo was on the front page of the Metro this morning with this very story, seems to have worked…)

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