Louis Walsh seemed nervous on tonight’s X Factor show, as he was left with the deciding vote between bottom two contestants Rylan Clark and Carolynne Poole.
He stuttered, stammered, and hesitated over his words after the sing off between the pair and first chose to save Carolynne, before opting to send the show to deadlock and allow the result to be based on the public voting figures.
Speaking on The Xtra Factor Tulisa Contostavlos admitted that Louis ‘panicked’ when he was put on the spot and some sources think they know why.
As Carolynne was singing her save me song, some eagle eyed viewers spotted a member of staff whispering in Louis’ ear. In fact the picture below shows that the Irish star wasn’t even looking at the stage for some of the Poole’s performance, as he bent down, facing away from the judges table to speak to the mystery person.
Some journalists have claimed that the man in question was X Factor boss Richard Holloway and of course the speculation has been rife.
Many people have claimed that the show’s executive producer was telling Walsh to save Rylan, so that his dramatic antics and outbursts could go on to make headlines and help boost ratings for the series.
Showbiz reporter Dan Wootton tweeted:
“Richard Holloway is the most powerful man on X Factor other than Simon Cowell. Hard not to think he was talking to Louis about the vote off.”
The Mirror’s deputy TV editor Mark Jefferies – who was in the audience this evening – shared the picture in question saying:
‘For anyone who missed it on screen, this is the moment during the sing off when Louis Walsh spoke to Richard Holloway:’
Holloway is of course the man who was responsible for Cheryl Cole’s sacking from The X Factor USA last year and controls everything that goes on in the singing competition, along with his old pal Simon Cowell.
Responding to the allegations, an ITV spokesperson has defended Louis’ decision and said:
“Carolynne had the least amount of public votes. Producers always chat to judges during the show.”
What do you think X Factor fans? Do you think the result was fixed tonight? We really want to hear your thoughts and ponderings in the comments section below…