X Factor 2016 viewers are still sure the 'random' jukebox is fixed


Claims of X Factor 2016's jukebox being rigged just aren't going away.

This year the show's weekly themes have been selected 'randomly' by a new jukebox.

But many feel the results have been far too convenient.

Last week we had all the drama of Fright Night being picked just in time for Halloween while this weekend is Girl Band v Boy Band just as Four Of Diamonds were controversially saved from the sing-off.


"So the jukebox casually lands on fright night on Halloween and the weak girlband are saved in time for girlband week . . . hmm #XFactor," one fan wrote on Twitter.

Another said: "They save the girlband then COINCIDENTALLY the jukebox lands on Boyband vs Girlband?! That’s it, I’m done #fix."

However X Factor host Dermot O'Leary rubbished the claims this week.

He said at the Pride of Britain Awards in a chat with DigitalSpy: "Of course it's not rigged.

"People kept saying to me, 'Oh, it's fixed'... It's the most rudimentary hamster wheel you've ever seen in your life."

Xtra Factor's Rylan Clark-Neal previously spoke out to also insist that the truth is the Jukebox REALLY is random.

"I can confirm this. As much as I'm the first one to say, 'ah, it's a fiddle' like other shows, it was not fixed whatsoever," he insisted. "The director was standing at the side of the stage. That jukebox is pretty much an empty shell with a genuine tombola wheel.

"When Dermot span it, we were all standing there - I had the executive producer of the show a metre away from me trying to blow it so it didn't - 'cause obviously everyone is now up in arms, saying it was fix."

Speaking on ITV's This Morning, Rylan added: "I even asked Simon if there was a man in there? There isn't, I've had a look it's an empty shell. It's pretty tacky and tatty to be honest.

A spokesperson for the show confirmed: "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 Robbie Williams lined up to perform.

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