Jade Ellis, who left the X Factor competition on Sunday (28 October), has accused the British reality show’s judges of tactical voting.
The 25-year-old mother-of-one from London was in the bottom two with Union J, and judges Nicole Scherzinger, Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh opted to save the boyband.
As reported by The Sun, she said: ‘I don’t think the decision on Sunday was based entirely on the sing-off. The judges were thinking about their own acts.’
Ellis performed Dido’s White Flag, and only her mentor Tulisa Contostavlos wanted to save her.
‘I believe I sang that song to a really high standard if that wasn’t enough to save me I honestly don’t know what I could have done,’ she said.
‘People have said my performance was better than Union J’s, but Tulisa was out there on her own when she chose to put me through.
‘The vote could have been tactical. Maybe the judges thought Union J were less of a threat to their singers in the competition.
‘It’s getting to that point in the game where the judges all criticize each other’s acts. But whatever the reasoning, I don’t think they did it lightly.’
Jade is now planning to work on her songwriting and carry on her career in music, with help from Pussycat Doll Scherzinger, who said she ‘definitely get a record deal’.
Ellis said: ‘Nicole advised me to get back to singing songs I love, and said once I do that I’ll be fine.’
The X Factor has been accused of fixing the results in the competition in order to boost ratings.
Two weeks ago, the audience at home spotted a producer speaking to Irish judge Walsh when controversial gay contestant Rylan Clark and Scottish chanteuse Melanie Masson was performing in their sing-off.
As the four judges could not reach a decision, and the sing-off was sent to deadlock, Masson went home based on the audience vote.
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