X Factor deadlock sees Rylan stay
Carolynne Poole became the first singer to be booted off this season's X Factor after a controversial and tension-fuelled elimination show saw judge Louis Walsh unable to make up his mind and go to a deadlock.
The country singer and flamboyant Rylan Clark were in the bottom two and were forced into a sing off. Predictably, Carolynne's mentor Gary Barlow voted for her and even made a snide remark about Rylan's performance. "I'm glad you learned the trick that when you pull the mic away - we don't hear what you're singing," Gary said.
Judge Nicole Scherzinger voted for Rylan, who she is mentoring, while Tulisa Contostavlos said she was voting for Carolynne based on the night's performance.
Louis had the final vote and he appeared unable to make up his mind for several minutes. He said: "Carolynne I love country music and I love what you bring to the competition. Rylan you're the entertainment factor, I love what you do."
Host Dermot O'Leary urged Louis to hurry up and make a call.
To help keep her contestant on the show, Nicole was arguing her case to Louis from the other side of the judge's table. "It's entertainment, it's the X Factor, there's nobody else like Rylan on the show," she said.
Louis finally said: "It's a really difficult one. I'm going to go with Carolynne I want to keep Carolynne."
Louis then muttered something inaudible. "So you're going to send home Rylan?" Dermot said. "Who are you sending home Louis, what did you just say?" Unable to reaffirm that he wanted Rylan out, he said: "I want to take it to deadlock."
A deadlock means both performers in the bottom two have an equal number of the judges' votes and the singer with the least number of public votes will go. This led to Dermot opening up an envelope and announcing that Carolynne would be leaving.