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If you have ever watched The X Factor and wondered how the groups of backing singers can hold a tune while cavorting round stage behind the acts in all manner of bizarre outfits, the chances are they are not.

Instead they will be relying on some unseen – and unsung – musical heroes and heroines who will be handling the tricky harmonies.

People like Birmingham’s a cappella quintet Black Voices.

Founder Carol Pemberton reveals they are often called on by the show to make sure things stay on an even key for the aspiring stars.

“Sometimes on the live shows in The X Factor you will see a choir miming in the background. We would have done the recording of the voices,” she reveals.

“I shouldn’t be giving away these trade secrets but on live TV they can’t trust the backing singers to not get it wrong.

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