Extracts of diary entries written by X Factor judge Louis Walsh after Sunday night's dramatic deadlock drama, have been released and reveal Louis strenuously denying that he was told by the producers how to vote.
Setting straight the allegations that the show was fixed to send Carolynne Poole home over Rylan Clark, when viewers spotted producer Richard Holloway talking to Louis, the Mail Online reported Louis writing in his diary:
"Carolynne is a great singer. My first instinct is to save her and that’s what I say. I think she’s good, but I don’t think there’s a market for her. I want to do the right thing. I feel like I am looking stupid, like a rabbit in the headlights, but that’s the thing about the X Factor, it’s live, it’s real, anything can happen.
"In the end I think, oh I’ll let the public decide. I don’t know which of them is going to be at the bottom on the public vote. Gary is annoyed and storms off. He hates losing, especially on the first show. Gary criticises my decision saying it’s a singing competition, not a pantomime. But he had Frankie Cocozza last year!"
Reacting to the furore that erupted after the show, Louis added:
"I wake up to find a huge fuss brewing. People are Tweeting that last night was a fix, and a picture is published showing Richard talking to me. The story is that he’s telling me how to vote — but that’s not true. No one has one ever told us what to do."
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