Olly Murs: I messed up with X Factor eviction!
Olly Murs posted on Twitter to apologise for revealing who would leave The X Factor on Sunday night (15Nov15), before the official votes had been counted.
The pop star has taken on the role of presenter alongside Caroline Flack for the latest series of the TV competition after the pair previously helmed The Xtra Factor. Olly has already been criticised by the public for his performance on the show and at the weekend he angered fans once more with a mishap before the elimination process.
As he stood alongside contestants Monica Michael and Anton Stephans, Olly abruptly told the audience, "Just to clarify I did say we'd go to deadlock but unfortunately Monica you are going home, I'm sorry." Caroline was quick to jump in, correcting her co-host and confirming they were in fact going to deadlock after judges Simon Cowell, Rita Ora, Nick Grimshaw and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini couldn't decide who to send home. Monica couldn't hide her embarrassment, resting her hand over her face and grinning awkwardly. And as Olly predicted, she wasn't saved.
Olly immediately took to Twitter afterwards, posting to his followers: "I apologise to everyone tonight I made a massive f%#k (sic) up at the end. It was so tense!! I'm still learning & hope that never happens again!"
Caroline showed her support, writing to her pal: "We all make mistakes . I make LOADS in life and on telly ... It's live." Olly was also reassured by former host Dermot O'Leary, who had fronted the programme from 2007 to 2014.
"Ahoy my friend. Keep that head up. Happens to us all. X" he wrote to Olly, with the Dear Darlin' singer responding: "cheers Derm!! Beating myself up about it mate! What a plonker!"
But it wasn't just Olly who had apologising to do on Sunday; Monica's exit caused an uproar as she ended it by making a shooting gesture as she shouted "BANG BANG BANG". It in the wake of the ISIS attacks in Paris on Friday (13Nov15) and viewers shared their disgust at her actions on social media.
"I want to apologise for any offence caused on the @TheXFactor tonight. I wasn't thinking beyond the moment & it was insensitive, sorry," she wrote on Twitter following the controversy.