More controversy on the X Factor

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Another week and yet more controversy in this year's X-Factor.  Treyc Cohen was given the boot on Sunday's result show after Cheryl Cole failed to pick between her and Katie Waissel.

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Katie had been in the bottom two alongside Treyc after the pair received the fewest votes from viewers.

However, judge Cheryl Cole caused controversy when she refused to choose between the pair as both were in her category.

She had been asked for her decision after Simon Cowell had chosen to save Katie.

She seemed shocked at being asked to decide so early in the process telling the girls "You are both talented women. I am refusing to send anyone home."

The Girl's Aloud star added she was prepared to take the vote to deadlock by making a choice once the other judges had voted, but host Dermott O’Leary said it was against the rules of the show.

It is the first time in six years that a judge on the show refused to chose an act to face the axe – the last time it happened was in the first series when Sharon Osbourne declined to make a choice between her acts Tabby Callaghan and Cassie Compton in the first series of The X Factor.

Dermott then asked Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh to choose between the pair with Dannii going for Treyc and Louis picking Katie. If Cheryl had then been allowed to vote she would have sent it to deadlock and Treyc would have been saved as she had more viewer's votes. This decision has led to speculation that the show's producers fixed the competition in favour of Katie because she makes better television.

But a show spokesperson said: "‘Dermot was very clear. He asked Cheryl if she was refusing to vote. He told her if she refused it would simply be based on the majority. Those are the rules."

Matt Cardle is still favourite to win the show with odds of 8/5 with totesport and 6/4 with Boylesport and Betfred.  Rebecca has odds of 11/4 with Stanjames and 9/4 with Bet365 and Skybet.  While Simon Cowell's one remaining act One Direction has odds of 9/2 with Unibet, Betfred and Betfair.
 
 
 

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