Little Mix made history last night by becoming the first ever group to win The X Factor in the UK, but there’s a row rumbling not-so behind the scenes about the choice of guest artists for the two-legged final this weekend. The Guardian claims that Warner Music Group has complained in writing to UK broadcasting regulator Ofcom, with Universal Music Group set to follow suit. Why? Because four of the six acts performing over the weekend – Westlife, JLS, One Direction and Leona Lewis – are affiliated with X Factor boss Simon Cowell’s Syco label. “Leona Lewis is already frankly on the way down. JLS and One Direction have already been on this series, and you have to question the choice of Westlife,” one anonymous industry figure tells the newspaper. Syco has responded by pointing out that the other two guests – Michael Buble and Coldplay – are signed to WMG and EMI respectively, while the three performing judges (Gary Barlow, Tulisa and Kelly Rowland) are UMG acts.

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