Rylan denies X Factor fix claims after jukebox chooses Fright Night for Halloween: "It's a genuine wheel!"

Published Wednesday, Oct 26 2016, 12:52 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Rylan Clark-Neal has firmly denied that X Factor jukebox is fixed after EVERYONE pointed out how coincidental it was that Fright NIght was 'randomly' chosen as the theme for Halloween.

Rylan Clark-Neal does the Showbiz news on 'This Morning'. Broadcast on ITV1HD

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During his showbiz slot on ITV's This Morning, the Xtra Factor host insisted the jukebox was random and nobody had given the arrow a little push to land on an appropriate theme...

"I think personally it's not fixed whatsoever. I was actually standing at the side of the stage. That jukebox is pretty much an empty shell with a genuine wheel," said Rylan.

"I had asked Simon on Xtra Factor, 'is there a little man in there?' There's not! I've had a good look and it's an empty shell with a wheel."

Dermot O'Leary spins jukebox on X Factor 2016
22 October


Dermot spinning the wheel.

When Dermot O'Leary spun the jukebox wheel on Sunday night's live show to reveal the next theme, it was safe to say no one was surprised when the arrow landed on Fright Night, given it will be Halloween.

But Rylan claimed The X Factor's executive producer was hoping that wouldn't happen as they knew the show would get hit with fix claims.

"Dermot, spins it, we're all standing there and see the arrow coming around," said Rylan.

"I wanted [the] Louis Loves [theme] because I can't wait for that week. As it was coming around, I had the executive producer of the show about a metre away from me trying to blow it so it didn't [land on Fright Night] because everyone is up in arms going, 'Oh it's so fixed!'"

Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger on Xtra Factor
23 October 2016


Even Simon joked X Factor would get "slaughtered" for Fright Night being chosen.

Rylan also said Fright Night could have happened any time in the series - it didn't have to be Halloween!

We're still not convinced by a Fright Night at Christmas though, sorry, Rylan!

Reacting to the jukebox theme on Xtra Factor, Simon had said: "We are going to get slaughtered for that! 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….'' You know what, you lose, you win."

Fellow judge Nicole Scherzinger, meanwhile, was quoted in The Sun, saying: "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."

She added: "I think it's meant to be."

X Factor continues Saturday at 8pm on ITV.



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