After the shock exit of Ryan Lawrie in favour of the *ahem* controversial rapper Honey G on Saturday night, the X Factor has definitely not been short of drama this year.
But now the show has been hit with even more controversy after previous contestant James Hughes claimed the show changed his song just hours before he was due to perform at judges houses, leaving him no time to prepare.
The Scottish singer was an early favourite after his killer rendition of Tina Turner’s Proud Mary during the Six Chair Challenge, but a shaky audition at Nicole Scherzinger’s house in the south of France left him just short of a spot at live shows.
Now the singer has claimed that producers changed the arrangement of his song the same day he was due to sing in front of Nicole and fellow musician Calvin Harris, stopping him from putting in his best performance.
James told the Daily Star Online: “The morning of my audition I had practice with the vocal coach and they changed the key, so I didn’t have enough time to practise with the right key.
“On stage I was totally unprepared and I didn’t know what key I was singing in. I just started singing and it put me off.”
The rocky performance saw Nicole take through Ryan Lawrie, Matt Terry and Freddy Parker to the live shows, instead of James. Aww.
But despite the mishap, James said he doesn’t believe the change in song was a “deliberate” attempt to ruin his chances on the show and is glad he took part, saying: “I’m entirely grateful to what the X Factor has given me.
“It’s given me a fantastic platform that I’m getting work from.”
After the shock exit of Ryan Lawrie last week, Nicole has now been left with only Matt Terry fighting for her boys category.
Ryan was forced to take on Honey G in the sing-off after the pair ended up in the bottom two but Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh opted to save the rapper over Ryan, sending the Scottish singer home.
With this much drama, we can’t wait to see what happens on Saturday night as the contestants take on Louis Walsh’s favourite songs.
By Naomi Bartram