X Factor prompt fix claims as Amelia Lily is announced as winner before results revealed! (PICTURE)
ITV have since cleared this matter up for us. Read on for their official statement.
X Factor has become embroiled in yet another furore this evening. Twitter erupted shortly after 8pm, after it was claimed that an article was published on the official website, revealing that Amelia Lily had won the public vote, before the result was announced on the live show.
Earlier in the week, voting lines opened and members of the public could vote Amelia, 2 Shoes, James Michael or Jonjo Kerr back onto the series, as Frankie Cocozza’s replacement. The voting lines didn’t close until the end of tonight’s episode however an article was published at the start of the show, claiming that Kelly Rowland jumped to her feet screaming as the result was revealed and her act was given a second chance.
As the show airs live, some fans hit out, and many claimed that a) the whole thing was fixed and b) the comments about Rowland pointed towards the fact that the show is scripted before it airs.
However, fans can put their mind at rest as we have spoken to X Factor officials, who have assured us that no such story was published on the official ITV website.
The trouble occurred when broadcaster STV – which owns the Scottish ITV licences – published four videos, one for each hopeful contestant, saying each had won.
An STV spokesperson said:
‘The STV web team prepared stories regarding each contestant in anticipation of the result and due to a technical hitch, all four stories went live on our website. We would stress that this was purely a technical hitch and for this we apologise.’
That clears that up then!
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