X Factor ratings: How long will Simon Cowell tolerate the DUD factor?

Two million viewers gone, phone votes plummet: How long will Simon Cowell tolerate the DUD factor

4:37 PM on 17th October 2011

Slump: Boy band Nu Vibe were voted off last night

Slump: Boy band Nu Vibe were voted off last night”s X Factor live show which saw viewing figures and phone votes plummet

Happy: Simon Cowell, seen here on the US X Factor last night, is pleased with how the UK show is going - and is said to have already spotted an act that he believes is a

Happy: Simon Cowell, seen here on the US X Factor last night, is pleased with how the UK show is going – and is said to have already spotted an act that he believes is a “stand out star”

WITHOUT COWELL, IT”S FALLING APART

Doing a great job: Cowell is pleased with the line-up of judges this year which include regular Louis Walsh and newcomers Tulisa Contostavlos, Kelly Rowland and Gary Barlow

Doing a great job: Cowell is pleased with the line-up of judges this year which include regular Louis Walsh and newcomers Tulisa Contostavlos, Kelly Rowland and Gary Barlow

Safe: Frankie Cocozza made it through to next week

Safe: Frankie Cocozza made it through to next week”s show after the sing-off with Nu Vibe but was slammed on social networking sites for his “tuneless” performance

Clash: Reports have claimed that Kelly has put Tulisa Clash: Reports have claimed that Kelly has put Tulisa

Clash: Reports have claimed that Kelly has put Tulisa”s nose out of joint by bossing her about and telling her what to do with her acts

Hungover: Sources also claimed that Tulisa was ticked off for arriving for rehearsals looking worse for wear after a late night supporting her axed act Amelia at a performance at G.A.Y

Hungover: Sources also claimed that Tulisa was ticked off for arriving for rehearsals looking worse for wear after a late night supporting her axed act Amelia at a performance at G.A.Y