X Factor voting figures revealed

The moment that many X Factor fans have been waiting for has finally arrived as viewers saw the figures of the public votes throughout the series revealed after Sunday’s show.

This series of the X Factor has been one of the most controversial yet with critics accusing the show’s bosses of a "fix" and of misleading fans.

Simon Cowell rubbished claims that the show was rigged in a press conference before last weekend’s final saying: “The feedback I’ve had, which is the most important feedback, are the fans.  They don’t think it’s fixed, they’ve enjoyed the series this year.”

The media mogul also took the opportunity to apologise to fans if they were mislead on the semi-final two weeks ago.  The controversy was sparked when Irish singer Mary Byrne was ousted instead of Cher Lloyd with critics claiming that the sing off was a last minute addition to the show to ensure that the judges could keep Cher in the competition.

However the figures released after the final prove that fans were right to feel that Mary had more votes than the teenager, when it was revealed that the Dubliner had 14.99% of the vote compared to Cher’s 11.57%.

Despite these figures, and getting the highest percentage of the vote in week one, Mary was voted out of the semi-final leaving Louis Walsh without an act in the final.

Another controversial result came in week seven when Paije Richardson was eliminated instead of Cher despite achieving 9.37% of the vote over her 8%.

Digital Spy reported this week that more than 15 million phone votes were registered during the seventh series of the X Factor, generating in excess of £5 million in revenue.

Fans have been up in arms at the figures feeling betrayed by the show leading The Sun to brand the judges “hopelessly out of touch with the public.”

The figures show that in six out of the ten weeks an act survived despite getting a lower percentage of the public vote than the act who was eliminated.

Show bosses will be keen to point out that in week six when Aiden Grimshaw was eliminated, he did in fact have the lowest percentage of the vote. The star’s comments immediately after hearing the result sparked more controversy and seemed to suggest that he had been wrongly ousted.

Aiden achieved only 5.01% while controversial star Katie Waissel, who was the subject of much negative press following the result, achieved 5.29%.

Katie was also saved in week five when fellow Girls category singer Treyc Cohen was eliminated despite winning 3.53% of the vote over Katie’s 3.22%.

However in spite of the controversy Digital Spy reported that a peak audience of 19.44 million people tuned in to see Matt Cardle crowned this year’s X Factor champion on Sunday. Matt had the highest percentage of the vote every week except for the first week when he was beaten by Mary Byrne.

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