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Thursday 17 April 2014

Walsh speaks out on fix allegations

Louis Walsh has broken his silence on the fix allegations

Louis Walsh has spoken out on the claims the "deadlock" on last week's X Factor show was fixed.

The music manager was forced to choose between Rylan Clark and Carolynne Poole when they both fell in the bottom two. He appeared to back Carolynne but eventually chose Rylan, meaning it went to the public vote and Carolynne got the boot, resulting in fellow judge Gary Barlow storming out after the show as he felt she was the better singer.

As it emerged producer Richard Holloway was seen whispering in Louis' ear shortly before the decision, it was alleged that the judge was told to change his mind and send the vote to deadlock.

Holloway insisted in a statement that he had not told Louis how to vote, and the judge has now published his X Factor diary in The Daily Mail to prove it was not a fix.

On Sunday October 7, the day of the live show, he wrote: "I'm not sure who I'm going to choose between Rylan Clark and Carolynne Poole. Producer Richard Holloway comes over to talk to us before they perform.

"He does that every week to tell us what order to go in when we give our verdict because they have to get the cameras set up right. He tells me I will be last.

"I feel totally torn after Carolynne and Rylan's performances. I like them both.

"Carolynne is a great singer. My first instinct is to save her and that's what I say. I think she's good, but I don't think there's a market for her.

"In the end I think, oh I'll let the public decide. I don't know which of them is going to be at the bottom on the public vote. Gary is annoyed and storms off. He hates losing, especially on the first show. Gary criticises my decision saying it's a singing competition, not a pantomime. But he had Frankie Cocozza last year!"

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