JLS have criticised X Factor‘s live auditions, claiming they have ruined the show.

The foursome, who came runners-up to Alexandra Burke on the ITV1 talent contest last year, say that making the hopefuls sing in front of a live audience is a rip-off of Britain’s Got Talent.

Oritsé Williams told The Sun that it had put him off tuning in. He said: “I did catch 10 minutes of it on YouTube. It’s too much like Britain’s Got Talent.”

Aston Merrygold added: “I watched it and expected to get a weird feeling because we were there a year ago – but I didn’t.

“It’s a completely different show now. I don’t like the new format – it’s taken the build-up away.”

And Marvin Humes said: “Some contestants have been wicked. But it seems like they’re already in the live finals.

“You don’t get to see personalities properly – they’re more confident and playful. It takes away the intimacy.”

A poll in The Sun found that 70 per cent of viewers preferred the old system.