The Fix Factor? Louis Walsh causes outrage as he changes his mind and takes vote to deadlock AFTER choosing to save Carolynne Poole

The Fix Factor What was producer Richard Holloway whispering to Louis Walsh before judge controversially CHANGED his mind… and took vote to deadlock

Louis chose to save Carolynne, but then took the vote to deadlockAs Rylan Clark went through, Carolynne's mentor Gary Barlow stormed offDevastated Carolynne said she is 'very cross' about the situation, and won't be auditioning for The X Factor again

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09:31 GMT, 8 October 2012

Louis Walsh caused outrage on Sunday night's X Factor as he changed his mind after initially choosing to save Carolynne Poole from elimination.

After Louis initially told host Dermot O'Leary he wanted Carolynne to go through to next week's show over controversial Essex contestant Rylan Clark, he then backtracked and shouted that he wanted to take the vote to deadlock.

Louis' last-minute change of heart
caused outrage among viewers, with many pointing out that he was spotted
chatting to the show's executive producer Richard Holloway during
Carolynne's sing-off – prior to the judges' decision on who should go
home.

Fix Louis Walsh caused outrage on Sunday night's X Factor by changing his mind and taking the vote to deadlock

Fix Louis Walsh caused outrage on Sunday night's X Factor by changing his mind and taking the vote to deadlock

Bending his ear: Louis was spotted chatting to X Factor executive producer Richard Holloway as Carolynne completed her sing-off

Bending his ear: Louis was spotted chatting to X Factor executive producer Richard Holloway as Carolynne completed her sing-off

When Nicole Scherzinger voted to keep
her act Rylan in the competition, Tulisa Contostavlos and Gary Barlow
opted to send the eccentric star home, instead giving Carolynne another
chance to impress next week.

And
when Louis was left with the deciding vote, he said he wanted to save
Carolynne, only saying that he changed his mind when the 32-year-old
began celebrating her narrow escape.

Battling it out: Carolynne Poole was in the sing-off alongside controversial Essex contestant Rylan Clark

Battling it out: Carolynne Poole was in the sing-off alongside controversial Essex contestant Rylan Clark

Battling it out: Carolynne Poole was in the sing-off alongside controversial Essex contestant Rylan Clark

Louis' retracting of his decision took
the vote to deadlock, with Rylan then making it through to next week's
show as he received the most public votes between the pair.

The
result also saw judge Gary Barlow express his disappointment by
dramatically storming off the stage in support of his act Carolynne.

However, viewers were quick to take to Twitter to comment on Louis' unfair behaviour.

Anger: Gary has words with Louis, Nicole is out of her seat, and Tulisa silently sits out the drama

Anger: Gary has words with Louis, Nicole is out of her seat, and Tulisa silently sits out the drama

Who's going to go After Louis took the vote to deadlock and Rylan was voted through, Carolynne's mentor Gar Barlow was seen storming off

Who's going to go After Louis took the vote to deadlock and Rylan was voted through, Carolynne's mentor Gar Barlow was seen storming off

Fuming: Gary leaves the stage as soon as the decision is revealed, prompting gasps from the audience

Fuming: Gary leaves the stage as soon as the decision is revealed, prompting gasps from the audience

Coronation Street star Alan Halsall, who plays Tyrone Dobbs in the ITV soap, tweeted: 'See Louis getting a pep talk from producer'

He
later added: 'Gracious & dignified @CarolynnePoole yes @TheXFactor
is a competition we knew that, it's just a shame about the controversy
!! #gutted.'

It's all over: Carolynne is devastated after being the first to be booted off the show

It's all over: Carolynne is devastated after being the first to be booted off the show

Make your mind up! Louis appeared visibly torn between his decision

Make your mind up! Louis appeared visibly torn between his decision

Make your mind up! Louis appeared visibly torn as he dragged out making his decision despite host Dermot O' Leary pressuring him for an answer

And
Dancing On Ice judge Louie Spence added: 'Why bother being a judge if
you can't do the job, big mistake huge mistake #xfactor what a load of
S**t.'

However, Louis defended his decision on Sunday night, insisting it was the 'fairest thing to do'.

Dignified exit: Carolynne managed a smile and a wave as she headed home following her X Factor exit

Dignified exit: Carolynne managed a smile and a wave as she headed home following her X Factor exit

Safe for another week: Rylan, seen here with Jade Ellis, has divided opinion with his unique voice

Safe for another week: Rylan, seen here with Jade Ellis, has divided opinion with his unique voice

Divided: Gary looked stony-faced as he was photographed after the show, while Rylan's mentor Nicole Scherzinger flashed a peace sign for waiting photographers

Divided: Gary looked stony-faced as he was photographed after the show, while Rylan's mentor Nicole Scherzinger flashed a peace sign for waiting photographers

Divided: Gary looked stony-faced as he was photographed after the show, while Rylan's mentor Nicole Scherzinger flashed a peace sign for waiting photographers

He added: 'I wanted to see who got the least
amount of votes. It was a tough one as Rylan is so entertaining but she
sang her heart out there.'

And while many speculated that Louis
was told to take the vote to deadlock by producer Holloway ahead of the
sing-off, an ITV spokesperson denied the claims, insisting: 'Producers always chat to judges during the show.'

Following
the decision, Carolynne took to her Twitter page to apologise to her
fans for not making it further in the competition, writing: 'Sorry for
letting u all down x’

Leggy ladies: Tulisa opted for a bizarre hooded dress as she left the studios, while Xtra Factor host Caroline Flack stuck to her favourite outfit in tiny shorts

Leggy ladies: Tulisa opted for a bizarre hooded dress as she left the studios, while Xtra Factor host Caroline Flack stuck to her favourite outfit in tiny shorts

Leggy ladies: Tulisa opted for a bizarre hooded dress as she left the studios, while Xtra Factor host Caroline Flack stuck to her favourite outfit in tiny shorts

Smiles all round: Melanie Masson and Jahmene Douglas made it through to the second week of live finals

Smiles all round: Melanie Masson and Jahmene Douglas made it through to the second week of live finals

But speaking on Daybreak on Monday morning, Carolynne admitted she was 'cross' about the way things had played out on the show.

She
said: 'I'm still gutted – I haven't had a chance to have a proper cry
yet to be honest. I am cross, but I guess it's just the nature of the
beast.'

Carolynne added
that she wasn't the only angry one following the decision, and said her
mentor Gary was furious, saying: 'He really was really cross.'

Familiar faces: Leona Lewis performed on the show, while last year's contestant Amelia Lily also put in an appearance

Familiar faces: Leona Lewis performed on the show, while last year's contestant Amelia Lily also put in an appearance

Familiar faces: Leona Lewis performed on the show, while last year's contestant Amelia Lily also put in an appearance

Country singer Carolynne also revealed that she could see Holloway chatting to Louis during her sing-off, adding: 'I could see that – it was quite offputting to be honest.'

But despite making it through to judges' houses last year, and to the live finals on this year's X Factor, Carolynne said she wouldn't be auditioning for X Factor again.

She said: 'I just couldn't put myself through that again.'

'Cross': Appearing on Daybreak on Monday morning, Carolynne insisted she would not audition for X Factor for a third year running

'Cross': Appearing on Daybreak on Monday morning, Carolynne insisted she would not audition for X Factor for a third year running

Outrage: Carolynne spoke to Lorraine Kelly, Richard Arnold and Aled Jones about the Twitter reaction to her exit

Outrage: Carolynne spoke to Lorraine Kelly, Richard Arnold and Aled Jones about the Twitter reaction to her exit