X Factor 2016: Nicole Scherzinger insists Jukebox is 'genuinely not fixed'

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Nicole Scherzinger has defended The X Factor from its latest round of fix claims.

Sunday night saw the third round of X Factor 2016 results as Relley C bowed out of the competition.

She was eliminated in the sing off against Four Of Diamonds, while Ryan Lawrie was saved from the bottom three (again) thanks to the new 'life line' vote twist.

After the latest elimination, host Dermot O’Leary was joined on stage by the remaining nine contestants to decide the next theme using the new 'random' Jukebox.

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Dermot gave the Jukebox wheel its latest spin on Sunday to reveal that this weekend's theme will be Fright Night. Very handy, given it's Halloween.

While Dermot insisted the result was totally legit and not at all set up, many just didn't buy it.

"I wish they'd stop pretending it's random. Of course someone is stopping the jukebox. Just cut the crap already. #xfactor," one viewer wrote on Twitter."

Another added: "Can the Xfactor get any more fixed? How ironic for the spinning jukebox thing to land on fright night just in time for Halloween!"

But Nicole insists the result isn't a fix.

She said: "I genuinely think that it's not fixed because I know every week I can't pick my songs until we know what [theme] we're doing - and the producers aren't picking anything as well."

Speaking to The Sun, the Pussycat Doll singer added: "I think it's perfect. I think it's meant to be. It's fricking Fright Night. No one wants Fright Night around Christmas time or Thanksgiving."

Simon Cowell admitted on the Xtra Factor: “I’m kind of thinking, It will be great to be Fright Night as it’s Halloween, but then I’m thinking, don’t land on Fright Night, if it does land on that people will say, ‘There is someone in the back stopping it…’

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“You know what, you lose, you win.”

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the show told the Daily Mirror it really was a random choice.

They said: "Themes on the jukebox are genuinely chosen by random choice. It's pure coincidence."

The X Factor 2016 continues next Saturday and Sunday night on ITV with Louisa Johnson lined up to perform.

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