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The story behind Sunday’s X Factor deadlock scandal
 
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  2010/11/10
 

Katie Waissel, Cheryl Cole and Treyc Cohen

X Factor presenter Dermot O’Leary revealed last night that the show’s producers had expected Cheryl to abstain from voting and had advised him what to do in that event. Talking to The Sun, Dermot also confessed that he doesn’t know in what order to ask the judges until he is told by the producers in his ear.

Dermot said he was told by producers: “If Cheryl decides to opt out we go to majority vote.”

The presenter explained: “We talked about it in the break because you find out two or three minutes before what’s going to happen.

“My producer said, ‘Look, if Cheryl decides to opt out we go to majority vote’.

“She did decide to opt out – and then she said, ‘Come back to me and we’ll do deadlock’.”

Dermot admitted: “It would have been a lot easier for me for Cheryl to be last.

He added: “There’s no precedent to it so it’s tricky.”

Dermot’s comments have provoked calls of a fix by fans, after it was revealed yesterday that Treyc had polled three times as many votes as Katie. According to reports more than 1,200 viewers have complained to TV watchdog Ofcom, despite the fact the issue has nothing to do with them.

Last night an X Factor spokeswoman said: “Cheryl was well within her rights to do what she did. There are no official rules on X Factor.”

A spokeswoman said: “Cheryl was well within her rights to do what she did. There are no official rules on X Factor.”

So this show is becoming an absolute JOKE screwing Cheryl over. I’ll just copy and paste here what I said on Twitter about this: I feel like people who are SO QUICK to criticise what Cheryl did on Sunday should do some research on the history of the show. They’ll find that a similar situation happened with Simon and he didn’t vote either. It happened in 08 and they didn’t even make Dannii vote, so the show has decided to suddenly change its’ format to fuck Cheryl over. How pathetic.

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