Olly Murs has finally spoken out publically about his X Factor blunder. And he thinks that the whole affair was majorly blown out of proportion.
After Sunday night’s judging went to deadlock, Olly mistakenly declared that Monica Michael was going home, instead of announcing that, in fact, it would fall back to the public vote after the judges were unable to come to a decision.
Caroline Flack was quick to correct her fellow presenter, before Olly sheepishly held his hands up and took responsibility for the mistake, but Twitter had already exploded with debate surrounding his mistake.
When quizzed on the incident by reporters at the ITV Gala, Olly told the Daily Mail: ‘I think you need to put it in perspective with everything that’s going on in the world.
‘At the end of the day, I made a single mistake at a critical point in X Factor which was massively blown out of proportion.’
Touching on rumours that the X Factor is fixed, he went on: ‘I had no idea Monica was going until I got the envelope. And it was just a really awkward moment for me because I made a stupid mistake.’
Of course, on Sunday’s results show it transpired that Monica was, in fact, the contestant with the lowest public votes, so the presenters waved goodbye to her.
Many speculated that he may be in for a scolding from the big boss man Simon Cowell. But, Olly insists not: ‘I was expecting a telling off if I’m honest but I didn’t get one which was nice.’
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The presenter then took to Twitter straight after the show to apologise for his mistake.
He wrote: ‘I apologise to everyone tonight I made a massive f*** up at the end. It was so tense!! I’m still learning & hope that never happens again!’ Aw.
Former X Factor presenter Dermot O’Leary was quick to have his back, as he tweeted: ‘Hey @ollyofficial Ahoy my friend. Keep that head up. Happens to us all. X’
He then followed up with: ‘Didn’t see the show tonight, but live TV is a tricky old beast at times…’
Although many jumped to the Essex singer’s defense, some Twitter users were quick to use the blunder as evidence for the show supposedly being a ‘fix’.
One user wrote: ‘Just caught up on Olly’s mistake! Bless him, he looked mortified… Proof though that everything on the #XFactor is 100% completely staged’.
Another tweeted: ‘So Olly knew who was going home before deadlock ooo #XFactor’.
Caroline Flack was quick to jump to her friend’s defense, retweeting Olly’s apology and adding ‘We all make mistakes. I make LOADS in life and telly …It’s live…’
Don’t worry, Olly. We still love you.