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    Posted: 17 Nov 2010 at 14:33

Simon Cowell threatens to go to watchdog over X Factor 'fix' story

The X Factor judge tells lawyers to contact PCC over Heat magazine's claim he knew details of weekly viewer vote

    The%20X%20Factor%202010:%20Simon%20Cowell The X Factor: Simon Cowell has denied claims he knows details of the weekly viewer vote. Photograph: Ken McKay/TalkbackThames/Rex Features

    Simon Cowell is threatening to take Heat magazine to the Press Complaints Commissions over claims he knew the details of the weekly viewer vote on The X Factor.

    Cowell has instructed law firm Carter-Ruck to lodge a complaint with the PCC over a story in this week's Heat, headlined "X Factor Conspiracy Theories: The Truth".

    However, Heat publisher Bauer Media said: "We have yet to hear from the PCC."

    The piece alleged Cowell knew which contestant received the most votes each week and encouraged viewers to vote a certain way to maximise the profits he makes from the ITV1 show – a claim The X Factor judge and co-creator denies.

    Heat quoted a show "insider" as saying Cowell "couldn't stand not to know" which acts got the highest percentage of the viewers' vote.

    However, a source close to Cowell denied this was the case. "Simon does not know anything about the viewer votes. The show is 100% fair," the source said.

    "There are a million and one conspiracy theories about the show but enough is enough. Simon has the utmost respect for the public and he wants them to trust him. He would never do anything like this."

    The source added that the only person who knew how the percentages of the public vote, and how the acts had been ranked, was the show's executive producer, Richard Holloway, the head of entertainment at the show's co-producer TalkbackThames.

    They said the first the judges knew details of how viewers had voted was when the full voting patterns were made public at the end of the series.

    This year's seventh series of The X Factor has proved the most controversial yet, from complaints about the use of Auto-Tune to judge Cheryl Cole's decision not to vote on the 7 November edition of the show, prompting accusations of a "fix" and nearly 1,000 complaints to media regulator Ofcom.

    Particular attention in the new series has focused on the weekly judges' vote. The four judges – Cowell, Cole, Louis Walsh and Dannii Minogue – vote to save one of the two acts who receive the lowest audience vote.

    In the event of a "deadlock" – when the judges are split 2-2 – the act with the fewest viewer votes is eliminated.

    Contestant Katie Waissel has featured in the Sunday night elimination round four times, only to escape on each occasion, including the 7 November show in which Cole refused to vote, guaranteeing that Treyc Cohen would go instead.

    • To contact the MediaGuardian news desk email editor@mediaguardian.co.uk or phone 020 3353 3857. For all other inquiries please call the main Guardian switchboard on 020 3353 2000.

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