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X Factor finalists vote on which lawyers will represent them
Contestants on hit reality TV show The X Factor and its BBC rival The Voice are not used to playing judge. Music hopefuls have to battle to impress in the final rounds, but the tables turn when the time comes to pick their own lawyers – finalists literally vote on which law firm they want to be represented by.
According to sources, the companies that own the TV shows, such as X Factor producer Freemantle Media, choose a handful of firms they are happy with before putting the lawyers up in front of the contestants.
“After that, it’s all down to the finalists to choose an overall ‘winner’,” says one source. “The winning firm then puts together the initial contract, and can represent them for a number of years.”
Firms on parade are nearly always the familiar music specialists such as Lee & Thompson, Statham Gill Davies and Sheridans.
And getting a ‘yes’ from the finalists must be music to their ears – one of Lee & Thompson’s key clients is boy band One Direction, who came third in the 2010 X Factor and are on track to generate $1bn by the end of the year.
So, next time the last batch of X Factor contestants get voted off, spare a thought for the lawyers having to impress behind the scenes.