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It has emerged that the 10,000 strong crowd at Wembley were all given torches to light up the arena, but were told by show bosses only to use them during Louisa’s performance of ‘Forever Young’.
Louisa Johnson was crowned ‘X Factor’ winner
One Twitter user who was in the audience tweeted: “Winners song next. Only told to use our ‘torches’ for Louisa.”
Winners song next. Only told to use our "torches" for Louisa.
— Bruce Daisley (@brucedaisley) December 13, 2015
The audience were all given torches to use during Louisa’s performance
Even Cheryl’s personal assistant Lily England tweeted that it was funny that the lights were not used during Reggie N Bollie’s performance.
“So the audience only got given torches for Louisa’s performance,” she wrote along with some confused emoji faces.
So the audience only got given torches for Louisa’s performance #XFactorFinal
— Lily England (@Lily_England) December 13, 2015
Other viewers called out the ridiculousness of giving Reggie N Bollie the same winner’s single as Louisa, given that it was a mid-tempo ballad, and they had been popular for their energetic performances.
So unfair of X factor to make louisa and Reggie and Bollie sing the same ballad, obviously louisa is going to sing a ballad better????
— emily (@emilyekirton) December 13, 2015
I haven’t watched X Factor until now but it seems unfair that the final song is a ballad when one act does upbeat songs????
— Rachii (@thisisrachii) December 13, 2015
tbf X factor is unfair, if it was the other way around and they asked Louisa to rap it would be V different story
— Johnny Gurnett (@johnnygurnett) December 13, 2015
Pretty unfair of the X-Factor bosses to choose a song so suited to one act over another, and not let each act have a different winners song
— Liam Christopher (@LiamJamesC) December 13, 2015
Jess Glynne, who helped Cheryl pick the duo at Judges’ Houses, even tweeted: “But how can you give them the same song? That’s not fair.. 2 completely different artists! Hear me…”
But how can you give them the same song? That’s not fair.. 2 completely different artists! Hear me…
— Jess Glynne (@JessGlynne) December 13, 2015
The fix accusations didn’t stop there, however, as after Louisa was crowned champion, a tweet promoting her debut single was posted from her account, with a date stamp that showed it had been written two days before the final.
This scheduled tweet was sent from Louisa’s account
The tweet – which read, “X Factor winner Louisa Johnson’s new single is out now! Get the winner’s single ‘Forever Young’ on iTunes now.” – had a time stamp of 11.36pm on 11 December. However, it was likely that the post was scheduled in the event of Louisa’s win.
HuffPost UK have contacted an ‘X Factor’ spokesperson for comment.
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