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Controversy over 'X Factor' voting after Dermot O'Leary admits he and Cheryl discussed what would happen

10 NOVEMBER 2010

It's been dubbed 'the most controversial edition of X Factor ever'.

Complaints came flooding in following Sunday night's programme after Cheryl Cole refused to vote, meaning Treyc Cohen bowed out while Katie Waissell stayed on.

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And there has been fresh outrage over the voting system after host Dermot O'Leary has admitted he and Cheryl previously discussed the possible outcome.

"We thought it might happen before the break when we found out who was in the bottom two," he said.

"We decided if she wasn’t going to vote, we would go to the majority verdict."

With both of her acts in the bottom two, the Geordie beauty found it impossible to choose which one to send home.

Simon voted first, choosing Treyc. Then after Cheryl refused, Danni went with Katie and Louis chose Treyc, sealing her fate.

But if the vote had gone to deadlock, it would have almost certainly been Katie leaving. TV sources have confirmed Treyc received three times as many votes from the public as her rival.

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Treyc's dad, 68-year-old Fitzgerald Cohen has said that the whole process is contrived.

He said: "I think the judges get instructions as they go out on to the stage as to who they are supposed to keep in.

"If the judges let it go to deadlock, Treyc would have stayed. But I think they wanted to keep Katie in, so they refused to let it come down to the public vote.

"The main aim is to make as much money as possible, with no regard to people's lives."

A spokesman for the show said nothing untoward had gone on.

"A judge can abstain from placing a vote. Cheryl made it clear that she would not send anyone home and therefore abstained from voting," confirmed the rep.

"Dermot went back to her to clarify that it was going to go to a majority vote if she did that.

"Cheryl was unable to take the vote to deadlock as deadlock requires a valid active vote."

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