Saturday 16 December 2017

Louis Walsh breaks silence on ‘Fix Factor’ controversy – producer giving him ‘verdict running order’

The picture appears to show Walsh speaking to a producer as Carolynne performs.
The picture appears to show Walsh speaking to a producer as Carolynne performs.
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

LOUIS Walsh has broken his silence on the controversial elimination of Carolyn Poole from X Factor on Sunday, claiming he was not told which way to vote.

Walsh released extracts of his diary, published in the Daily Mail, opening up on Sunday’s controversial elimination.

During the sing off fans noticed a producer speaking to Walsh, with many speculating online afterwards that he was being fed instructions on who to vote for.

It was later revealed the producer seen speaking to Walsh was the show’s executive producer Richard Holloway.

Walsh said: “Richard Holloway comes over to talk to us before they perform. He does that every week to tell us what order to go in when we give our verdict because they have to get the cameras set up right.”

Walsh went on to dismiss the allegation he was told how to vote: “Not only has no one ever told any of us what to do, but that picture was taken before the artists sang. So no one could have known how their performance was going to be judged.”

However Walsh’s claims would appear to be contradicted by the picture circulated online - which clearly shows contestant Carolynne Poole performing as he talks with producer Holloway.

Walsh also said himself and Gary Barlow have ‘agreed to disagree’ about the elimination, adding: “We agree it has to be about the talent, not about being controversial.”

The second X Factor live show takes place tomorrow night.

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