It's been a busy week at X Factor HQ after the scandalous happenings of last weekend, which saw country-singing favourite Carolynne Poole eliminated from the TV talent contest.
She found herself in the bottom two of the contest on Sunday night along with Essex boy Rylan Clark – with judge Louis Walsh having to make the deciding vote on whether to send Rylan home, or take it to deadlock by choosing Carolynne.
During the sing-off, Louis was seen speaking to a producer, with many viewers assuming that he was given instructions to take the result to deadlock in order to save Rylan – who would undoubtedly provide more headlines for the show in the long term. Judge Gary Barlow was fuming at the decision, calling Rylan a “joke act” after storming off the stage.
Meanwhile over on The Xtra Factor Ella Henderson sparked rumours that she and Union J band member George Shelley had become an item after claiming that he was her closest friend in the house. Contestant Chris Maloney was also branded a 'diva' by judges Louis Walsh, Tulisa Contostavlos and Nicole Scerzinger who passed on the backstage gossip to Olly and Caroline.
The next day Carolynne spoke to EntertainmentWise about the distracting chatter between Louis and the producer: "I really wanted to stay and I promised myself that I would sing my heart out and then when I saw someone cover over for a chat - despite what they were saying - it puts you off."
On Tuesday Ella cleared up the rumours surrounding her relationship with George, telling new! Magazine: “We know each other, as we went to the same college, so it’s been nice to see a familiar face. But right now, everyone is so busy focusing on their music... Romance here isn’t an option for me, whether I have admirers or not.”
Lucy Spraggan faced sad news when she learnt that her grandmother had passed away shortly after the results show on Sunday night. She left the competition for a number of days to head home and spend time with her grandfather. She told The Sun: “My nanny was a great woman and she and grandad were together for more than 50 years so I really want to be around to support him and my family at this time.”
On Wednesday The Sun reported that Gary had called a meeting with producers to demand an end to the dramatics on the show. A source said: “The pantomime some of his fellow judges bring to the show drives him insane and he believes it undermines the credibility of the whole show. Sunday’s antics infuriated him. He was livid."
By Wednesday night Gary, the other judges and host Dermot O'Leary had met up for dinner together, with a source telling The Mirror: “It was a pretty frank discussion and at the beginning he could barely mention Louis’ name. But they have made some agreements and Gary is confident nothing like what happened on Sunday will happen again.”
On Thursday rumours began circulating that Gary may not return for the next series of The X Factor after reportedly deciding to reunite with Take That full time for a tour.
By Friday Louis had released his 'diary' entries surrounding all of the X Factor drama, telling MailOnline: “Producer Richard Holloway comes over to talk to us before they perform. He does that every week to tell us what order to go in when we give our verdict because they have to get the cameras set up right. He tells me I will be last.”
“ 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."
Olly Murs waded into the controversy on Thursday telling Newsround: “It's upsetting when people say [it's a fix] because I've been part of the show and behind the cameras, it does get feisty... It's all about the contestants.”
Overs contestant Kye Sones also stuck up for Gary's reaction to Carolynne's elimination, exclusively telling EntertainmentWise: “It just showed how passionate he actually is about everyone and it's not just a weekend job for him, he's really in it and he cares about everyone in his category.”
Rylan Clark also spoke out about his feud with Gary Barlow – claiming that he wants to make up with the Take That singer. He said: “'I really want to win him over - I don’t want there to be a war between us.” He added: “I reckon by the end of the series we’ll be bessie mates. Move over Robbie - I am taking your place!”
By the end of the week an unseen video emerged online of Gary storming off the set of The X Factor, saying “Get the camera out of my face, this is absolutely ridiculous!”
As if that wasn't enough, it emerged today that Gary will be voicing the animated character Postman Pat in an upcoming feature film when the loveable Postie tries out for a singing contest... Sound familiar?
The drama continues tonight (October 13) as the final 12 acts compete for public popularity based on the theme of 'Love and Heartbreak'.
Who do you think will go next? And who will be at the centre of next week's X Factor drama? Stay tuned!
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