A supposed X Factor whistleblower has claimed that the show's judges are told which acts to keep and boot out of the show.
Following in the fallout from the previous two decisions on the results show, which both saw the judges sent the vote to deadlock, a former employee has said it is "well known" backstage that the panel are "briefed on who should go".
"The judges are told who to keep for the sake of the ratings," the former employee told Reveal magazine this week.
TV watchdog Ofcom is expected to announce next week whether or not it will investigate the show after more than 3,000 complained when Carolynne Poole left ahead of Rylan Clark.
Fans were angered when Louis decided to save Rylan over Carolynne, thereby sending the decision to deadlock.
Defending his decision, Louis said: "I couldn't make up my mind. So, finally, I decided that the fairest thing to do was to go to the public vote and Rylan had more votes than Carolynne. It was sad but it was the fairest option."
But there was controversy when viewers spotted the show's executive producer Richard Holloway talking to Louis during the sing-off between Carolynne and Rylan.
The telly chief commented last week: "We chat to the judges during the show. On Sunday night I was telling Louis the order the judges would vote in and that he would be last.”
Of course, regardless of whether or not the judges' decision is influenced by producers, in both cases the acts with the fewest votes went home, so it's hard to complain.
Ultimately the judges can only decide between the acts that appear in the bottom two, so if fans don't want their favourite to be in threat they must vote!
[cat c="the x factor"]The X Factor 2012[/cat] continues this Saturday and Sunday night on ITV1.
This weekend will see the remaining eleven finalists singing tracks with a Club Classics theme, while JLS and Labrinth will guest star on Sunday night's third live results show.