The ongoing allegations of X Factor fixing have taken a couple more turns in different directions today following yesterday’s allegations by host Dermot O’Leary that the decision was essentially rigged. Simon Cowell is believed to be considering adding a fifth judge to the panel, insists that the show is not rigged in any way, and is worried that viewers no longer trust the show. Meanwhile Dermot O’Leary took the move of defending his comments on Twitter.
It was Cheryl Cole, once again, that faced the main backlash after not wanting to judge which act should go home. Rather than taking the decision to a count of public votes, show producers had allegedly already hatched a plot to go with the judges’ majority vote even though this meant Katie Waissel stayed in the competition despite having received only a third of the number of votes received by competitor Treyc Cohen who was the contestant that was ultimately sent packing by the judges.
Following thousands of complainst by disgruntled viewers, Simon fears that the show has lost a lot of its integrity with viewers. There have been over a thousand complaints to the show itself, to ITV, and the TV regulator Ofcom. A quick glance at sites like Twitter and Facebook show just how unpopular the move was.
Cowell is apparently seething as he believes that the whole thing has been blown out of proportion but he is said to be considering the addition of a fifth judge in order to prevent anything similar from occurring in the future.