X Factor judge Louis Walsh defends the integrity of the reality show

Louis Walsh has hit back at unsubstantiated and wild claims that The
X Factor
is rigged.

The Over 28s mentor is adamant that the
judging panel – Simon Cowell, Dannii Minogue, Cheryl Cole and himself – are
kept in the dark about their finalists’ positions until Dermot O’Leary reveals the bottom two contestants on a Sunday night.

And they definitely don’t collude about who to save.

‘None of us know what is going on in advance,’ says Louis, 58. ‘It’s a public vote.

We don’t discuss who we’re going to get in
or keep out.

We just want our own acts to win.’

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 Ellie Kirby