X Factor controversy as Louis Walsh changes his mind and takes the competition to deadlock

 

Country singer Carolynne Poole became the first 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.

Poole and flamboyant Rylan Clark were in the bottom two and were forced into a sing off.

Predictably, Poole's mentor Gary Barlow voted for her and even made a snide remark about Clark's performance.

"I'm glad you learned the trick that when you pull the mic away - we don't hear what you're singing," Barlow said.

Judge Nicole Scherzinger voted for Clark, who she is mentoring, while Tulisa Contostavlos said she was voting for Poole based on the night's performance.

Walsh had the final vote and he appeared unable to make up his mind for several minutes.

He was spotted chatting to the show's executive producer Richard Holloway during Carolynne's sing-off, prompting accusations his last-minute change of heart was influenced by the producer.

"Carolynne I love country music and I love what you bring to the competition," he said.

"Rylan you're the entertainment factor, I love what you do."

That left host Dermot O'Leary frustrated and he urged Walsh to hurry up and make a call.

"Who you sending home... we're running out of time, now Louis," O'Leary said.

"Louis make the call, I need a name now."

To help keep her contestant on the show, Scherzinger was arguing her case to Walsh 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," Scherzinger said.

After several minutes of commotion, Walsh finally said: "It's a really difficult one. I'm going to go with Carolynne I want to keep Carolynne."

Walsh, who appeared overwhelmed by the decision, then muttered something inaudible.

"So you're going to send home Rylan?" O'Leary said. "Who are you sending home Louis, what did you just say?"

Unable to reaffirm that he wanted Clark out of the competition, he said: "I want to take it to deadlock."

A deadlock means that 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 be sent home.

This led to O'Leary opening up an envelope and announcing that Poole would be leaving the competition.

Furious with the decision, Barlow got out of his chair and stormed out of the studio.

"I'm okay, I'm glad Rylan's got a shot because you know he's been given a bit of a tough time and he's a nice guy," Poole said.

Clark, who received death threats over Twitter last week, performed Spandau Ballet's Gold last night while wearing a gold vest and surrounded by Cleopatra dancers.

Barlow said he was "embarrassed", and criticised the judges for keeping Clark in the competition.

But Walsh stuck up for the singer, saying: "That was amazing. I love your vocals... You're a brilliant performer."

Scherzinger hit back at Barlow and said: "Don't be an old grumpy fart now. He is the entire package."

Contostavlos added: "It is cheesy and it is cabaret. But you are an entertainer. I don't think this competition would be the same without you."

About half an hour after getting eliminated, Poole reached out to her more than 75,000 Twitter followers.

"Sorry for letting u all down x," she said.

Scherzinger also sought out Twitter to comment on the result.

"My heart goes out to carolynnepoole, So proud of RylanClark let's show him love and support £teamNicole £thexfactor."

PA

Arts and Entertainment
Innocent victim: Oli, a 13-year-old from Cornwall, featured in ‘Kids in Crisis?’
TV review
News
Northern exposure: social housing in Edinburgh, where Hassiba now works in a takeaway
books An Algerian scientist adjusts to life working in a kebab shop
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

ebooks
Arts and Entertainment
Terminator Genisys: Arnie remains doggedly true to his word as the man who said 'I'll be back', returning once more to protect Sarah Connor in a new instalment

 

film review
Arts and Entertainment
Relocation, relocation: Zawe Ashton travels the pathway to Northampton
Arts and Entertainment
BBC Three was launched a little over five years ago with the slogan: “Three, is a magic number, yes it is.”

BBC Trust agrees to axe channel from TV in favour of digital move

TV
Arts and Entertainment
British actor Idris Elba is also a DJ and rapper who played Ibiza last summer

film
Arts and Entertainment

books
Arts and Entertainment
Armie Hammer in the new film of ‘The Lone Ranger’

TV
Arts and Entertainment

festivals
Arts and Entertainment

Final Top Gear review

TV
Arts and Entertainment

music
Arts and Entertainment
Pete Doherty and Carl Barat perform at Glastonbury 2015

music
Arts and Entertainment
Lionel Richie performs live on the Pyramid stage during the third day of Glastonbury Festival

music
Arts and Entertainment
Buying a stairway to Hubbard: the Scientology centre in Los Angeles
film review Chilling inside views on a secretive church
Arts and Entertainment
Jason Williamson, left, and Andrew Fearn of Sleaford Mods
musicYou are nobody in public life until you have been soundly insulted by Sleaford Mods
Arts and Entertainment
Natalie Dew (Jess) in Bend It Like Beckham The Musical
theatreReview: Bend It Like Beckham hits back of the net on opening night
Arts and Entertainment
The young sea-faring Charles Darwin – seen here in an 1809 portrait – is to be portrayed as an Indiana Jones-style adventurer
film
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    Isis in Syria: Influential tribal leaders hold secret talks with Western powers and Gulf states over possibility of mobilising against militants

    Tribal gathering

    Influential clans in Syria have held secret talks with Western powers and Gulf states over the possibility of mobilising against Isis. But they are determined not to be pitted against each other
    Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: A growing population and a compromised and depleted aquifer leaves water in scarce supply for Palestinians

    Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

    A growing population and a compromised and depleted aquifer leaves water in scarce supply for Palestinians
    Dozens of politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen linked to Indian bribery scandal die mysteriously

    Illnesses, car crashes and suicides

    Dozens of politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen linked to Indian bribery scandal die mysteriously
    Srebrenica 20 years after the genocide: Why the survivors need closure

    Bosnia's genocide, 20 years on

    No-one is admitting where the bodies are buried - literally and metaphorically
    How Comic-Con can make or break a movie: From Batman vs Superman to Star Wars: Episode VII

    Power of the geek Gods

    Each year at Comic-Con in San Diego, Hollywood bosses nervously present blockbusters to the hallowed crowd. It can make or break a movie
    What do strawberries and cream have to do with tennis?

    Perfect match

    What do strawberries and cream have to do with tennis?
    10 best trays

    Get carried away with 10 best trays

    Serve with ceremony on a tray chic carrier
    Wimbledon 2015: Team Murray firing on all cylinders for SW19 title assault

    Team Murray firing on all cylinders for title assault

    Coaches Amélie Mauresmo and Jonas Bjorkman aiming to make Scot Wimbledon champion again
    Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Vasek Pospisil must ignore tiredness and tell himself: I'm in the quarter-final, baby!

    Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

    Vasek Pospisil must ignore tiredness and tell himself: I'm in the quarter-final, baby!
    Ashes 2015: Angus Fraser's top 10 moments from previous series'

    Angus Fraser's top 10 Ashes moments

    He played in five series against Australia and covered more as a newspaper correspondent. From Waugh to Warne and Hick to Headley, here are his highlights
    Greece debt crisis: EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

    EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

    An outbreak of malaria in Greece four years ago helps us understand the crisis, says Robert Fisk
    Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas

    Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

    The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas
    How to survive electrical storms: What are the chances of being hit by lightning?

    Heavy weather

    What are the chances of being hit by lightning?
    World Bodypainting Festival 2015: Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'

    World Bodypainting Festival 2015

    Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'
    alt-j: A private jet, a Mercury Prize and Latitude headliners

    Don't call us nerds

    Craig Mclean meets alt-j - the math-folk act who are flying high