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Louis Walsh’s decision to have X Factor repercussions

| 08.10.2012

Rightly or wrongly Carolynne Poole was sent home from the X Factor and it seems that Louis Walsh is going to take all of the stick for this outcome.

It was the choice of Louis to take the elimination to deadlock and therefore viewers can have few complaints as Carolynne received fewer votes to remain than Rylan Clark.

What the situation should show if nothing else is that the sing-off is a complete waste of time and the public vote should always be used to decide which act is leaving the competition.

The problem with the sing off is that the judges cannot stick to a formula on who to save.

In one week, it will be “Everyone has a clean slate and I’ll be judging solely on this performance”, while on another the same judge will use the line “I’m saving X based on the fact that they fit better into the music industry today”.

This is what riles viewers, as nobody could argue that Carolynne out-sung Rylan, but it was a long time ago that the X Factor was solely a singing show.

Punters and viewers need to remember how far the likes of Jedward and Wagner got in the competition in the past to prove this point.

Rylan is 3/1 to be the second act eliminated in the next live show and this again looks unlikely.

Once Carolynne was announced as being eliminated, her mentor Gary Barlow stormed off stage in a rage and Louis is clearly not in his good books, or those of many viewers.

It is 6/1 that Gary refuses to speak directly to Louis next week and this may prove a decent price.

Meanwhile, the price is 16/1 that Louis’ decision causes him to be sacked from the show by the end of the current series, but if nothing else the X Factor will be pleased with the publicity generated.

Judges have also made similarly controversial decisions in past X Factor years and it has never generated in a sacking.

However, the 8/11 that Louis is not on the judging panel for the next series of the X Factor after his decision is a possibility, especially if he continues to frustrate viewers with his comments and decisions in the coming weeks.

All odds and markets correct as of publication



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.