The X Factor: Simon Cowell Defend X Factor Semi Final Sing Off Decision

Simon Cowell was forced to come out and defend the X Factor today amongst growing criticism from viewers over Sunday’s results show.
Simon Cowell

In an exclusive interview in The Sun, Simon insisted the show had done nothing wrong.

Simon told the newspaper: “We haven’t done anything wrong. All the artists knew there was going to be a sing-off. Mary and Cher were told last Monday to prepare a song for a sing-off if necessary.”

He explained to the tabloid:”I genuinely do not know the exact placings of the artists – who is top and who is bottom. I never know those details until the series is finished.

“There has always been a sing-off when there are five people left in the competition. This is a lot of nonsense about nothing.”

Television watchdog Ofcom issued a statement yesterday indicating that it was unlikely complaints against the show would be upheld.

Simon continued: “I’m always looking for ways to keep the show fresh. We knew we wanted four people in the final this year and I don’t want to be accused of doing the same thing.

“It’s more exciting and gives more people a chance to win it. That decision was made long ago – five or six weeks ago. It adds to the mystery and audience love the surprise element.

“We are doing our best to change the format. It’s more exciting to have a sing off.”