The X Factor's Simon Cowell hits back after the singer accused his show of corruption

As The X Factor final approaches, we imagine the show’s creator Simon Cowell has quite a bit on his plate – he has got two acts performing after all, Fleur East and Ben Haenow – but now he’s also got singer Lily Allen on his case.

Following Fleur East‘s performance last weekend Lily, 29, Tweeted that there was something fishy about the 26-year-old singing Uptown Funk in the semi final before it was released by Simon‘s partner label Sony.

But Simon, who’s never one to take insults lying down, dismissed Lily‘s Tweets as ‘b*******’ and revealed how he’s thankful he never hired the Smile singer to join him on the judging a panel.

Simon said: ‘Lily should stop bleating on about all this. Fleur needed this break, got a chance, she totally killed it. Why not be happy for another artist and say congratulations instead of thinking of some stupid conspiracy theory?

‘The irony is I spoke to Lily about being a judge. And from what I took from the meeting, she was seriously considering it.

‘Thank God I said no. She’d be a barrel of laughs.’

Ouch.

During Fleur‘s performance, Lily Tweeted: ‘Well done to Sony for managing to get a not yet released song of theirs sung on prime time weekend telly.

‘It is an amazing song. Fleur did it justice but it’s still a great example of music industry corruption.’

Lily has since removed the Tweets but that didn’t make Simon forget.

In fact, we can imagine he’s not losing too much sleep over it because Uptown Funk, by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, was at No1 last night on the iTunes chart. Fleur’s version was at No7 after hitting No1 on Monday.

Both Mark‘s label Columbia UK and Simon‘s Syco are part of Sony Music.

So, while we might be putting out money on Fleur to win on Sunday, we’re guessing Lily might not be.

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