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