Last weekend, the X Factor’s live shows got off to a fiery start. Gary stormed off stage, people questioned whether the ‘wrong’ person went through and a producer lingering around the judge’s desk sparked rumours that Louis was told to take the decision to deadlock. Social media users have been getting their teeth into this drama.
Since the show aired on Sunday night, Ofcom has received over 1,000 complaints regarding the shock exit of Carolynne Poole and the way the first live results show of the season was handled. A crisis meeting between the judges, producers and presenters was also reported to have been held this week with Gary Barlow threatening to quit!
As the audience in the studio sat awkwardly and viewers at home sat on the edge of their seats awaiting the results, social media users started to reel out a realm of unsatisfied comments. This continued for several days after word hit the street about one of the most controversial incidents in TV in recent weeks. Here are just a handful of comments that appeared on social channels on the night and the day after:
“Talent show bosses are accused of interfering with the judging process after Louis Walsh goes to deadlock, saving Rylan Clark.” (BBC Newsbeat blog)
While this was going on, some people took pity on Louis:
“I actually can’t stand the way they treat Louis. Everything they accuse him off when they get nasty they’re guilty of themselves. Gary was a right nas…” (AVForums, Forum Reply)
And another social media user knew all too well that something like this was bound to happen:
“It was obvious that the Essex clown would stay, it’s classic x factor. Caroline was never going to win the competition but Rylan had created alot of …” (redandwhitekop, Forum Reply)
These comments were also supported by some well-known names in the celeb world. Previous X Factor contestant, Frankie Cocozza, also known for being controversial figure in the media, tweeted:
“RT @FrankieCocozza: RT @FrankieCocozza: I\’m pretty sure the X Factor just showed the whole country how set up it is. Not that we didn\’t know that anyway. Th …” (@heyimcarmen_)
Olly Murs took a different stance to the situation. He was reported to have defended Rylan Clark from the Twitter abuse he received after Sunday’s sing off.
Some Twitter users even went to the extent of trying to lure people away from the show and questioning what it’s actually about:
“The only way to stop all this protest against the X-Factor is for people to hit em where it hurts. Stop watching it #stopwatchingthexfactor” (@j60nta2)
“Watching last nights X Factor and I’m a bit confused, is it not a talent contest anymore?” (@goldyylockss)
All of this and it’s just week one. Roll on this weekend for round two!