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Kotecha: 'X Factor gives people a shot'

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Savan Kotecha

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Vocal producer Savan Kotecha has claimed that the X Factor has a positive effect on the music industry.

Kotecha, who has penned hit singles for Britney Spears and JLS, claimed that the ITV1 talent show offered people who don't understand the music business "a shot".

"When I was fifteen I was trying to make it in the music business and I came from a really conservative Indian family and lived in Austin, Texas, and there's really no music business there," he told i-D.

"It took me years and years to really figure out how to do it, and I went through a lot of struggles to make it. I mean, I've been really lucky as I've been successful in my songwriting career, but I've seen a lot of people who just weren't able to do it, both on the songwriting side and the artist side. The benefits of these types of shows are that it gives people a shot."

Speaking about his new role on the show, he said: "I have been involved in the part of the process when the judges are selecting songs for their contestants. So when I'm in the meetings with them I can say for example, 'that melody won't work for that person's voice', or, 'that melody would be great for that person's voice', and then I help teach them the song.

"I help them sing with swagga. If they have trouble with some notes, or breathing, then I try and offer them techniques to fix that."

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