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X Factor a fix, says Treyc's dad

Treyc Cohen's father has blasted The X Factor as "a fix" and "a freak show" after his daughter was dropped from the TV show in favour of Katie Waissel.

Fitzgerald Cohen, 68, accused mentor Cheryl Cole of having "sat back" and let Treyc go and called for an investigation into why the judge did not vote.

His comments came as Cheryl's refusal to cast her vote for either of her acts during Sunday night's ITV1 results show sparked more than 1,000 complaints to TV watchdog Ofcom and ITV, The Sun said.

Mr Cohen told the newspaper: "It's a fix. It's as simple as that. I have no idea why Treyc is out. She was easily the best singer and should not have lost to Katie.

"Lots of things happen behind the scenes so certain contestants are kept in."

He said: "The show is not about singing, it's a freak show now. I think Treyc has been let down by Cheryl. She knew Treyc was the better singer, but sat back and let her go.

"She knew she was already one down after Simon (Cowell) voted for Katie, but refused to balance the score. There should be an investigation into why Cheryl was allowed to refuse to vote."

Yesterday, his daughter admitted she was perplexed by the result. "I know I finished my song and put my all into it, so if it was based on that then, yeah, I definitely feel I should have gone through," she said.

Asked whether the result was fair, she responded: "Probably not ... no."

According to The Sun, figures revealed that rival Katie would have been booted off if the outcome hinged on the public vote, as she polled just a third of the public votes that Treyc won.

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