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Contestants Sue The X Factor
Posted: August 12, 2011
MIAMI (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) -- Two contestants are suing the Fox talent show The X Factor, claiming that the show's producers put them through a physical ordeal, causing them to fail their audition.

According to Reuters, 86-year-old contestant Hyman Marks, along with his 54-year-old son, Stephen Marks had successfully made it through several early auditions for the show and had been noticed by the show's producers as a human interest story.

The suit contends that the shows' producers made the two Marks men along with Hyman's 78-year-old wife Helen spend several hours outside in 96 degree Miami heat, being filmed exiting from a car numerous times. Hyman and Stephen later performed in their audition but were not selected by the judges to advance.

"As a result of this grueling and discriminatory physical and mental exertion, the judges and the audience never got to see the real Hy Marks and Stephen Marks that day," the suit reads.

The suit asks for another audition, or barring that, seeks $1,000,000 in damages for each defendant. - CelebrityAccess Staff Writers

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