X Factor 2012 judges 'to be given earpieces' for tonight's results show

Judges X Factor 2012

The X Factor 2012 judges will wear earpieces for tonight's live results show, it has been claimed.

Following the claims of a fix last weekend, when Louis Walsh was spotted talking to a producer during the sing-off, the panel will now get presenter-style ear pieces to receive instructions.

Obviously these instructions are totally innocent, just like last week when Louis was being told that he would be voting last.

A show insider told the Daily Star Sunday: "Last week was a debacle and it was caused because a ­producer was talking to Louis before a huge decision. Judges don’t wear earpieces and producers often relay messages to them during filming.

“The show’s big cheeses were not happy about the outrage this incident caused. So the judges will be wearing the earpieces in future so any important information can be relayed to them.”

X Factor judge Gary Barlow today claimed that last week's fix allegations had damaged the show's reputation.

He said: "There should be no one up on that stage with us, it shouldn’t happen. I’ve told them that I do not want it to happen again and it won’t on my watch."

And the Take That star insisted: “No one tells me what to do... not even ­Simon."

[cat]The X Factor[/cat] continues tonight from 8PM on ITV1 with the latest live results show.

Last night saw the remaining contestants singing tracks with a love and heartbreak theme before the public voted once again.

This evening's show will see the second elimination of the series, as well as performances from US country star Taylor Swift and former X Factor star Rebecca Ferguson.

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