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X Factor 'not goody-goody show'

X Factor supremo Simon Cowell has batted away controversy about this year's series, saying he does not want it to be a "goody-goody show".

The ITV1 talent search has continued to attract millions of viewers but has been hit by claims of fixes and controversy over the use of auto-tuning technology.

A press conference in central London on Thursday was told the act with the fewest public votes will be kicked off on Saturday night, leaving three finalists to perform on Sunday when the winner is announced.

Cowell said: "I don't want this to be the goody-goody show and pretend we are nice people because we are not."

He was joined by the other three judges and the finalists at the press conference.

Cher Lloyd, whom bookmakers have made the favourite to leave first, admitted she did not expect to win.

She said: "I know I'm not going to win. Come on, I'm the rapper."

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