Simon bans auto-tuning

Simon Cowell has banned the controversial auto-tuning technology from the X-Factor.

The media mogul has also ordered staff on the show to re-edit all of the auditions for the rest of the series to restore them to their original state.

News of the ban comes after the series enjoyed it's most successful launch with 12 million viewers - but was plunged into scandal with the voice-altering row and contestant Shirlena Johnson being axed over fears for her mental health.