X Factor host Dermot O'Leary responds to controversy over Treyc Cohen's axing
Instead the other judges voted 2-1 to send the Birmingham babe, 27, home.
Some fans believe that if the panel had reached deadlock, and the viewers had been allowed to decide the outcome, Katie, 24, would have got the boot.
‘We talked about it in the break because you find out two or three minutes before what’s going to happen,’ Dermot, 37, tells The Sun.
‘My producer said, “Look, if Cheryl decides to opt out we go to majority vote.”
‘She did decide to opt out – and then she said, “Come back to me and we’ll do deadlock”. But you can’t do that because then it kind of devalues the other judges’ votes so that wouldn’t have made sense.
‘No one in my ear knows which way the judges are gonna vote but they tell me which ones to go, where to go next. It would have been a lot easier for me for Cheryl to be last.’
But an X Factor spokesman has denied accusations of a ‘fix’.
‘Cheryl was well within her rights to do what she did,’ he says. ‘There are no official rules on The X Factor.’
Dermot has since taken to Twitter to clarify his remarks.
‘Just thought I’d clear up the Sun story,‘ he writes. ‘Bless them. Wrong end of the stick, as always. No ‘plot’ as quoted…
‘We never know which way the judges are going to vote. Ever, the only thing I know is who’s in the
bottom 2 when I’m given the card.
‘I don’t know which judge to go to until I’m called, and the judges, including simon, dont know the vote or who we’re coming to next. Its that simple.’