X Factor Fans Are Suspicious Of This Gifty Louise Moment

Simon Cowell really put his foot in it last night...

Gifty Louise had a pretty rough ride on last night’s X Factor.

The 20-year-old found herself in the bottom two alongside girl band 4 Of Diamonds, having performed Fifth Harmony’s I’m In Love With A Monster the evening before.

See: X Factor’s Gifty Explains Why She Looked So Annoyed On Sunday’s Show


She sang Leon Russell’s A Song For You in the sing-off, with the group belting out a rendition of Christina Aguilera’s The Voice Within.

Gifty ended up being eliminated, with every judge except her mentor Simon Cowell choosing to save 4 Of Diamonds.

But not even Simon’s vote went without a hitch. He, er, accidentally sent Gifty home before righting himself moments later.

Host Dermot O’Leary asked him: ‘Simon, the name of the act you’re sending home,’ to which the 57-year-old confidently responded: ‘Gifty.’

Gifty looked on crestfallen, before Simon clarified: ‘I’m not sending Gifty home, I’m sending the girls home.’

Crikey. Bit awkward, no?


Of course, this could easily have just been a slip of the tongue. He may have assumed Dermot was asking for the act he’d like to save. But a few conspiracy theorists have since climbed out of the woodwork.

They reckon Simon’s faux pas could be proof that Gifty’s fate was decided by producers, with one Tweeting: ‘Simon Cowell sent home Gifty accidentally because production were telling the other judges over their earphones. Messy production. #XFACTOR.’

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Others wrote: ‘Relley last week, gifty this week, it should be called Fix factor not X Factor!!! #XFactor,’ and: ‘Congratulations #XFactor You’ve just proved it’s a fix and not a singing competition #Gifty [sic].’

Simon’s yet to comment on the ‘fix’ speculation, but he has spoken out about Gifty’s exit.


Gifty found herself in the bottom two with Four Of Diamonds…

He said on The Xtra Factor: ‘Do you know what, it’s one of those things. I think it was a mistake, the song I chose last night. It happens and I feel bad for her and I can’t take it back.’

Whatever the case, we’re going to miss hearing that insane voice every week.