X Factor’s “random” jukebox doesn’t seem all that random
This Sunday the X Factor jukebox landed on ‘Fright Night’ for next week’s theme in time for Halloween, giving viewers yet another reason to believe the show is rigged.
The theme for each week on the X Factor is randomly determined by a spinning jukebox wheel, which host Dermot O’Leary turns at the end of each results show.
The point of this new twist to the show this year was to, of course, add an element of random uncertainty to proceedings, rather than placing the theme of performances in the hands of ITV producers.
However, did this weekend prove that the fate of the show still very much lies with X Factor bosses? Given that it is Halloween next weekend, it seemed all a little too coincidental that the jukebox should land on the theme ‘Fright Night’.
Although Dermot immediately insisted that the outcome was totally bona fide, the viewers at home were not buying it for one moment.
Fans of the show took to Twitter to complain:
— Clio (@ClioMay) October 23, 2016
So now we know that the jukebox is a fix. Just like the rest of the show I guess. #xfactor
— Matthew Davies (@MatthewDavies__) October 23, 2016
What a SURPRISE. What a RANDOM juke box… *rolls eyes* #XFACTOR
— LewisJ815 (@LJay815) October 23, 2016
Okay I’m annoyed with the #XFactor Jukebox now, what’s the point? It’s obviously fixed
— Jemima Sugg[GL]♥ (@QueenIsKendrick) October 23, 2016
X Factor bosses responded to suspicious viewers; a spokesperson for the show explaining: “Themes on the jukebox are genuinely chosen by random choice. It’s pure coincidence.”
C’mon, X Factor. What do you take us for?
Sunday night saw contestant Relley C say goodbye to the competition after being voted into the bottom two alongside Four of Diamonds. The remaining singers will now battle it out for another week in a spooky edition of the show for Halloween.
X Factor continues Saturday at 8pm on ITV.