FremantleMedia has denied the details of a magazine story today with the headline, “XFactor sham: The winner was chosen weeks ago.”
Woman’s Day quotes a fan tweet: “Wow, Sony posted the winner of X Factor 2012, The Collective on their website and Deleted it after realizing. That’s how rigged X Factor is.
“The Collective were decided as the winners before the show even aired,” wrote another. “Waste of money for the people that voted. It’s rigged.”
However Sony clarified at the time via Twitter that no such error had been made by them:
“To all asking: we did NOT post on our website/twitter that The Collective win X Factor & then delete the post. This is false information.”
TV Tonight understands the original claim was made by a (possibly aggrieved?) fan in the Sony website forum. The September date coincides with the exit of ‘rival’ boyband What About Tonight.
While The Collective nevertheless remains the hot favourite to win the show, including with considerable media coverage, a FremantleMedia spokesperson nevertheless told TV Tonight, “Our vote each week is independently audited by Ernst & Young.
“There is absolutely no reason to question the integrity of the vote.”