X Factor 2012: Dermot O’Leary explains ‘difficult’ results show and Louis Walsh’s c*ck up!
Dermot O’Leary has explained just what happened on last night’s X Factor results show.
The veteran presenter has fronted the show for many a year but yesterday had to be one of his most stressful days at work ever and at one point, we were sure he was going to rip Louis Walsh’s head off.
He was presiding over the judges’ final decision as they picked between the bottom two contestants – Rylan Clark and Carolynne Poole – who had just performed in the sing off.
However it all went wrong when the deciding vote fell to the Irish star.
Louis looked panicked and first claimed that he wanted to ‘save Carolynne’ but as Dermot asked him the question ‘Louis who are you sending home’ again and again, the former Westlife boss appeared to change his mind and instead opted to bring Clark to next week’s show.
Within minutes viewers were crying ‘fix’, a conspiracy theory not helped by pictures and video clips later released, which showed Louis in deep discussion with one of the X Factor bosses during Carolynne’s save me song.
Speaking on The Xtra Factor last night, Dermot said the confusion arose, because Louis first stated who he wanted to save, but he needed to hear who he wanted to send home.
“It was very difficult for me because I have to get the words ‘who do you want to send home’ out of each judge. And Louis first of all …I think he said ‘I want to save Carolynne’ and then I said ‘who do you want to send home?’ and he said ‘I want to take it to deadlock.’”
So in the end, Dermot didn’t get the words ‘I want to send home’ out of Louis at all.
The show had to be drawn to a close at that point, as things were running over. Dermot added:
“It’s very difficult because as soon as he said ‘I want to take it to deadlock’ we went to deadlock.”
Of course the rest is history and as soon as the show went to deadlock, the result of the public vote was revealed and Carolynne was sent home.
She revealed today that she doesn’t hold Louis’ actions against him but many of you do. Thousands of fans have emailed Unreality TV today, or commented our posts, blasting Louis and his decision.
‘I wont be watching till carolynne is reinstated as louis first answer should have stayed sorry, i will be one of many changing channel.’
‘What a joke? Just because some people want a bit of entertainment for another week or so (which has nothing to do with good singing and would never ever win the show) they voted Carolynne off who was actually in with a chance of winning.
X Factor should have made Louis stick with his first answer and not let him change his mind. That is out of order!!!!’
Eddie Ireland continued:
‘Louis Walsh is paid thousands of pounds to be a judge and when it came to making a decision his bottle went. Having the judges vote to save an act is a joke as the the pressure is put upon the last one to give their decision. I seem to remember Simon Cowell took the decision to deadlock when he was on the show. The fairest way would be if the judges did not announce their decision to the other judges but had buttons instead. We could then see how they voted at the same time. If that took it to deadlock then fair enough. If this had been in place last night then Louis would have voted for Caolynne and none of this furore would have happened.’
What do you think? Are fans overreacting or does ITV have some explaining to do? Leave your comments below…
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