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Did Cowell Fix X Factor Semi-Finals Elimination? Simon Responds!

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It makes sense to us that he'd want to switch things up!

After this past weekend's semi-finals round of X Factor, in which in a twist move, the judges picked from the bottom two after a sing-off to determine who would be eliminated - instead of the normal public vote - fans of contestant Mary Byrne have lashed out at Simon Cowell because they believe that he fixed the results so Cher Lloyd would move on!

However, he's now speaking out against the claims, and calls them "nonsense!"

He continues:

"We haven't done anything wrong. All the artists knew there was going to be a sing-off. Mary and Cher were told last Monday to prepare a song for a sing-off if necessary. I genuinely do not know the exact placings of the artists - who is top and who is bottom. I never know those details until the series is finished. There has always been a sing-off when there are five people left in the competition. This is a lot of nonsense about nothing. I'm always looking for ways to keep the show fresh. We knew we wanted four people in the final this year and I don't want to be accused of doing the same thing. It's more exciting and gives more people a chance to win it. That decision was made long ago - five or six weeks ago. It adds to the mystery and audience love the surprise element. We are doing our best to change the format. It's more exciting to have a sing off."

We agree! And he's it's not like he alone voted Mary out!

Dannii and Chezza both went with Cher, too!

And even Mary has no hard feelings about the surprise twist - and subsequent elimination - because she has a record in the works!

She reveals:

"When I was leaving the show, Simon came over and said, 'I'm really sorry that you've got to go but you've got your album.' I can't wait to sit down and start working on it. I'm like a two-year-old, I'm so excited. I was told on Saturday, because we were given our 'save me' songs. I got a bit stunned at first because I did think it was just public votes. I do feel sorry for my fans because they voted in their thousands, God bless them. I knew then my days were numbered. I hope I would have stayed in. The public have supported me right the way through, and if they had done it that way, it would have been great - but that didn't happen."

It's all right, bb! It's an accomplishment to make it as far as you did!

And we're very excited to hear what kind of stuff makes it onto your album!

Fans will be fans, though! And there always will be someone who cries foul when things don't go the way they think that they should have!

What do U think?? Do U think the sing-off was fair??

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17 comments to “Did Cowell Fix X Factor Semi-Finals Elimination? Simon Responds!”



  1. 1

    1: Dermot told the audience on Saturdays show that their 'vote and vote alone' would put their act in the final. Come Sunday, it's revealed that there will be a sing-oFf…

    now, I don't vote myself, but it's misleading to say the least! Hardly a twist when you don't tell the people voting becuase they have been led to believe that their votes are responsible to get their favourite acts in the final.

    Simon wants Cher in the final, always has - she has the most youtube views and press - hence why it's a 4 people final and a sing -off on Sunday



  2. 2

    It is so obvious this show is fixed. They change the rules every Sunday after the votes are in. Simon made it obvious Saturday that he wanted Cher to stay and Mary to go. This show has lost credibility this year. Also, Cheryl will not make it over here with all that clown makeup and cheesy outfits. She needs a new stylist.



  3. 3

    Of COURSE it was fixed. Any idiot can see that!

  4. cla says – reply to this


    4

    i don't like the fact that the judges get to choose at the end of the sing off, because they pick their favourites and it isn't fair

    i also don't think much of the judges they all go along with what the other says and it's rare that they'll speak out unless it's their own act, it seems insincere

    i hope rebecca or cher wins not really a fan of any other contestants music



  5. 5

    I don't think ppl would be as annoyed as they are if host Dermot O' Leary hadn't said on Saturday's live show - "Now it's all in your hands.
    'It's your votes and your votes alone that can get your act safely through to the final."
    So people began voting and spending THEIR money with the understanding that the judges would not have a hand in the end result!! And then without explanation on Sunday, there was a sing off. People are pissed off about that.
    So, it is completely a fix, or at least serious dishonesty.
    I just think it's so corrupt now, I'm always asking myself if any of it is real!! So I think I'll just stop watching, i'd much prefer to see an honest programme made where the public actually do decide!!



  6. 6

    He is just trying to cover his own back. It was meant to be down to the public vote as Dermot said live on Saturdays as did Louis Walsh in an interview that week and it was also posted on ITV's website. Whether Simon knew the results of not, someone did and Cher had the lowest votes so in the adverts they changed it and in my opinion, Danni was also forced into saving Cher because right from thr start she has always preffered Mary and has never had praise for Cher. She would have felt the need to comply because her job is on the line for next series because Simon would rather a hypocritical little girl with no personality, than someone who speaks their own mind.



  7. 7

    How can they give her 'save me ' songs on saturday?! Really trying my best to believe that this show is not fixed but I dont know….



  8. 8

    Totally fixed, Mary was so, so much better in the sing-off - very disappointed in the show this year. Ultimately Simon is not doing Cher any favours by sneaking her into the final via the back door. The public already dislike her, last week and this week the studio audience boo'ed her really badly. All this controversy will just increase the public dislike of her and her records will not sell. She is not likeable, not that talented and quite simply she just does not have the X-Factor.



  9. 9

    Oh come on, Perez, nobody in Britain is buying this. Dermot announced Saturday that only audience vote would determine who got elminated and all of a sudden there's a sing-off Sunday wherein the judges save that no-talent chav Cher!!! How obvious can you get…



  10. 10

    FUCK OFF FAT BOY!! WE ALL KNOW UR LAME NO TALENT CANT RAP BITCH CHER TOTALLY RUINED EMINEM'S SONG. SHE WAS IN THE BOTTOM 2 AND HAD THE LOWEST PUBLIC VOTE. DEF. FIXED. COWELL IS AN ASS. HE SEES $$ SIGNS THINKING THE CRAZED MORONIC UK PUBLIC WILL BUY THAT SHIT UP CUZ BITCH CHER IS A NICKI MINAJ WANNABE. MARY DEF OUTSANG EFFING CHER AT THE SING OFF. JACK BLACK WAS A GUEST CELEB ON XTRA FACTOR AN SAID CHER'S CRYING AND MOANING MAKES HER UNREADY FOR THE MUSIK BIZ. TRUTH!!!



  11. 11

    This is the first year I've ever watched X Factor, so I can't say I'm really bothered by any of the voting issues because I have nothing to compare it to, although it seemed pretty standard…vote for your favorites or they wind up in the bottom 2 and might go home.
    However, Mary sang circles around Cher who looked like she was about to have an emotional breakdown (personally I think she might want to look into a different career option where she can handle the stress better). In that case, yes, it was fixed because the judges wanted Cher the whole time.
    I would have loved to see Cher and Katie against each other in the bottom 2 earlier on, or this week I would have loved seeing Matt or Rebecca against Cher because there is not way the judges would have picked her over such better singers/commerically viable contestants.



  12. 12

    its totally fixed, dont even know why hes bothering to deny it. The last person into the final is always down to the public vote alone AND dermot said it on Saturday that it was down to the public. A leak showed that Mary had like 30 % more of the vote then Cher. Im also convinved Dannii wouldnt have put Cher through if left to her own devices. She's always supported Mary and has never supported Cher. Finally, it has been reported that Eminem has been lined up for weeks to be singing with one of the acts in the final . . And who could he be performing with if little ms mini chezza herself?? love x factor but it is a total fix to create more publicity and money for when Cowell signs Cher



  13. 13

    its totally fixed, dont even know why hes bothering to deny it. The last person into the final is always down to the public vote alone AND dermot said it on Saturday that it was down to the public. A leak showed that Mary had like 30 % more of the vote then Cher. Im also convinved Dannii wouldnt have put Cher through if left to her own devices. She's always supported Mary and has never supported Cher. Finally, it has been reported that Eminem has been lined up for weeks to be singing with one of the acts in the final . . And who could he be performing with if little ms mini chezza herself?? And Mary said int he press that they were only told to prepare a sing off song on the Sunday morning, when they obviously had an idea of how thw vote was going to go, love x factor but it is a total fix to create more publicity and money for when Cowell signs Cher

  14. Don08 says – reply to this


    14

    I'm too drained from this whole series to put together an articulate arguement, but yes, it was a blatant fix - they didn't even have the decency to conceal it. It is beyond patronising and disgusting to suggest it was or our benefit. Also, if it was confirmed weeks ago, why lie to us, saying that the elimination would go down to votes and votes alone. Dannii voting for Cher, who she criticised the night before (and Cher was quite haughty to this criticism) did not ring through - she has supported Mary. Then Simon's disgusting dig at Mary for being insubordinate was pathetic and cowardly (Mary simply expressed her frustration, in the most diplomatic of ways, that Simon kept changing his mind about her song choices - which he did). Simon has become so apathetic and indifferent to this show, it is now insulting. Citizen Kane etc. I, for one, shall not be tuning in again.



  15. 15

    Total FIX. Dermot and Louis both announced last week that eliminations would be based on phone votes alone. Then, for the first time in xfactor semi final history, there is a sudden sing-off because Cher obviously got the lowest phone vote. Cheryl wanted her in the final, so whaddia know? They pull a suprise sing-off putting the decision back in the hands of Simon, his beloved Cheryl and two corporate puppets. This show is a joke. Only watch it if you enjoy being mislead and ripped off! You've gone too far this time Simon.



  16. 16

    its always fixed! didnt you know that by know, since you proclaimed that you should be a judge on one of his shows
    geeze youre so slow on so many levels



  17. 17

    umm. am i the only one confused? they do sing offs every week……!?!?!?!? wtf? why is this a big deal??? the judges always vote on who goes!!!