Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Fix Factor: Cheryl Cole's no vote was REHEARSED... and Katie would have been sent home if decision had gone to deadlock




Staged: It has emerged that producers rehearsed the Cheryl Cole no vote on Sunday after she refused to pick between Katie Waissel, left, and Treyc Cohen

Calls grow for Cheryl to be axed as thousands of fans complain
Host Dermot O'Leary reveals producers rehearsed Cheryl's no vote in ad break
TV sources confirm Treyc received THREE times more votes of support than Katie
One of the most controversial X Factor shows ever was last night exposed as nothing more than a charade.

Presenter Dermot O’Leary revealed that Cheryl Cole’s decision not to vote when two of her acts were up against each other to escape the axe had been planned all along.
Millions watched as Miss Cole dithered over whether to plump for Treyc Cohen or Katie Waissel.

Decision and indecision: Cheryl left the decision to the other judges, but if it had gone to deadlock Katie would have gone, not Treyc, it has emerged

Eventually she refused to choose at all – and Miss Cohen was kicked off the show after the other judges voted against her by two to one.

Yesterday, however, O’Leary revealed how Miss Cole’s apparently agonising decision had actually been decided by show bosses during the commercial break – as more cynical viewers perhaps might have suspected all along.

He disclosed a dramatic stand-off between him and Miss Cole was agreed in advance.

Moment of truth: Host Dermot O'Leary challenges Cheryl as Katie and Treyc watch on, but he has now revealed the confrontation was all staged

'We thought it might happen before the break when we found out who was in the bottom two,’ he said.

'We decided if she wasn’t going to vote, we would go to the majority verdict.’

The disclosure puts the episode in a disturbing new light and comes as calls are growing among fans for Miss Cole to be axed from her £1.7million job.

Under the rules of the show, the four judges vote to decide which contestant is saved.

Simon Cowell went first and voted to save Miss Waissel, with Miss Cole told she had to vote next.

She and O’Leary then had an ‘argument’ over what to do as she told him: ‘I’m not sending either of them home, Dermot.’

He replied, ‘you’re refusing to vote?’ and she said, ‘I’m refusing point blank’, adding: ‘I don’t have to send anybody home.’

As the tension mounted she told O’Leary: ‘OK, well ask these two then and I’ll take it to deadlock.’

O’Leary said: ‘We’re going to move it on, we’re going to take a majority verdict.’
He turned to judge Dannii Minogue, and said: ‘If you go with Treyc, she’s going home.’

She voted to send Miss Waissel home, with Louis Walsh voting next for Miss Cohen to go, meaning Cole did not need to vote.

The controversy came as TV sources confirmed Miss Cohen had received three times as many votes as Miss Waissel in the public vote.

So if Miss Cole had voted for Miss Cohen – making the judges’ scoring 2-2 and so going to ‘Deadlock’ where the contestant with the lowest public vote is ousted – it would have been Miss Waissel who went home.

ITV has already received more than 1,000 complaints and telly watchdog Ofcom has also had more than 2,000 complaints to date.

And the father of Miss Cohen, a call centre worker from Tamworth, Staffordshire, has criticised Cowell for overseeing the result.

Fitzgerald Cohen, 68, said that both Miss Cole and Cowell owed Miss Cohen an apology.
‘I think the judges get instructions as they go out on to the stage as to who they are supposed to keep in,’ he said.

‘I think if the judges let it go to deadlock, Treyc would have stayed. But I think they wanted to keep Katie in, so they refused to let it come down to the public vote.’
Mr Cohen, 68, added: ‘The main aim is to make as much money as possible, with no regard to people’s lives.’

Some 16.7million viewers watched Sunday’s programme.

An X Factor spokesman said: ‘A judge can abstain from placing a vote. Cheryl made it clear that she would not send anyone home and therefore abstained from voting.

‘Dermot went back to her to clarify that it was going to go to a majority vote if she did that. Cheryl was unable to take the vote to deadlock as deadlock requires a valid active vote.’

Royal approval: Cole ignored the growing storm surrounding her refusal to judge on Sunday night's X Factor when she met Prince Charles with fellow judge Dannii Minogue at the Pride of Britain Awards on Monday night in London

Ex Factor: TV sources confirmed Miss Cohen had received three times as many votes as Miss Waissel in the public vote

source: dailymail [endtext]

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