X Factor Result Published Before Poll Closed
'Fix Factor' claims as Amelia story goes live while voting still going on...
There was no great surprise when 16-year-old Amelia Lily was voted back into The X Factor last night with a whopping 48 per cent of the votes.
But eyebrows have been raised after it emerged that a website affiliated to the show accidentally ran a story about the result an hour before the phone lines actually closed.
A spokesperson for STV (The Scottish ITV franchise) claimed that staff had prepared four stories - one for each act in the vote - and that all four of them were mistakenly put live, not just Amelia Lily's.
And although this explanation does appear to hold water, there was more fuel for conspiracy theorists' fires after show judge Kelly Rowland's appearance on Graham Norton's chat show on Friday.
She is reported to have spoken about how excited she was that Amelia Lily was coming back into the contest - a whole day before the voting was to close.