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Gary and Louis end sing-off row over dinner

Warring X Factor judges Louis Walsh and Gary Barlow seem to have buried the hatchet after Sunday night's sing-off controversy by meeting up for dinner to clear the air.

Tensions between the two, who clashed over the first elimination of the new series, were high after Sunday's live show which saw Carolynne Poole booted off.

Walsh (60) came in for serious criticism after he flip-flopped over his decision having first said he would save Carolynne, who was being mentored by Take That star Gary (41).

Gary Barlow was so angry with Louis Walsh for not saving Carolynne that he stormed off The X Factor stage after Rylan Clark won the public vote.

And it is understood that he issued an ultimatum that he will leave for good if a repeat of Sunday night's drama takes place again.

Walsh and Barlow were joined at the exclusive Arts Club in Mayfair last night by the show's host Dermot O'Leary and fellow judges Tulisa Contostavlos and Nicole Scherzinger.

While Louis looked in good spirits as he arrived for the meal, Gary didn't look too impressed.

The judges' dinner came as it was reported Gary is very 'frustrated' with the show.

Barlow met with X Factor bosses to discuss Sunday night's events and demand that real talent should always be recognised before novelty acts such as Rylan Clark.

The controversy first emerged during Sunday night's live sing-off between Barlow's act Carolynne Poole and American singer Nicole Scherzinger's act Rylan.



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Left with the deciding vote, Louis Walsh indicated that he would like to save Carolynne before stating that he wanted to take the decision to the public vote.

Barlow's country act Carolynne was then sent packing when host Dermot O'Leary announced she had received the lowest number of public votes.

Barlow walked off stage before later returning to comfort Carloynne and fume about the decision, describing Rylan as a 'joke act'.

Matters came to a head when it was revealed that boy-band manager Walsh appeared to take instruction from UTV boss and Simon Cowell's henchman Richard Holloway during Sunday's sing-off (inset), prompting the decision and Barlow's threats to quit.

Barlow vented his frustration regarding the matter on Monday as he tweeted: "Been hard to get motivated today", and told eliminated act Carolynne, "good luck. Anything you need I'm here."

Speculation that the show is fixed led to 3,000 complaints who have complained to ITV and TV watchdog Ofcom regarding Sunday night's events.

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