Susan Boyle may have wowed audiences around the world with her “I Dreamed A Dream” performance on Britain’s Got Talent but now an insider told UK newspaper The Evening Standard that the performance was auto-tuned.
Boyle’s performance made her a worldwide singing sensation big enough to sing at an upcoming meeting with the Pope, while racking up nearly 50 million YouTube views.
According to the insider, just like allegations over Simon Cowell allowing X-Factor auto-tuning over the last week, the performance given by Boyle’s was tweaked before it went live.
“The exact same techniques are used on Britain’s Got Talent as on The X-Factor — it’s the same production team,” said the insider “This goes for everyone — even Susan Boyle’s audition was smoothed out in post-production to give it the best possible sound.”
Auto-Tune helps ensure that all notes are hit properly by adjusting the singers voice for perfection, it’s a technique used by many professional musicians during the recording process, so it wouldn’t really surprise me to learn that this was the same process used for Susan Boyle and various other live singing moments. With that being said, you can’t use auto-tune to make a terrible singer sound great, but rather it’s used to smooth out a singers voice, ensuring a steady sound across the singers range.