In what was arguably one of the most controversial X-Factor results ever, Irish twins John and Edward survived in the sing off against teenager Lucie Jones. Despite defiantly announcing that he would leave the country if the twins, dubbed Jedward, won the competition, Simon failed to send the boys home when he had the chance to do so and instead took the decision back to the public vote.
Even the twin’s mentor, Louis Walsh admitted that 18-year-old Lucie shouldn’t have been in the bottom two. After giving a pitch perfect performance, the singer from Wales was saved by both her mentor and Cheryl Cole and a yes from Simon would have kept her from elimination. Instead the music mogul stuck the knife in and said neither acts can win, but if he had to choose he’d rather see the boys perform again.
Many fans of the show were outraged by Simon’s actions with hundreds posting angry messages on social networking sites such as Twitter and the show’s message board. Some cynics are calling the result a fix and accusing Simon of tactical voting to eliminate Lucie as he sees her as a potential threat to his acts. Another school of thought is that although Simon dislikes the twins, he recognizes their publicity pulling power and the media interest they create in the show.
Now Dannii Minogue is left with just one act in the competition, Stacey Solomon from Dagenham, whilst Simon Cowell remains smug with all 3 of his acts still intact.