Jade Ellis blasts tactical voting

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 30 October 2012
Jade Ellis

Jade Ellis

Jade Ellis blames tactical voting for her 'X Factor' axe, insisting the judges are more concerned with preserving their own acts than allowing the best singers to do well

Jade Ellis blames tactical voting for her 'X Factor' axe.

The mother-of-one - who performed Dido's 'White Flag' in the sing-off against Union J on Sunday (29.10.12) - believes she delivered a better performance than her rivals but the judges opted to save the boy band because they want to protect their own acts for future shows.

Jade - who was saved only by her mentor Tulisa Contostavlos - said: "Judges are thinking about their own acts as well as the acts on stage.

"Although people are saying I was better in the sing-off, I believe the judges' decision is taken about the whole show.

"I don't think the decision on Sunday was based entirely on the sing-off.

"The vote could have been tactical. Maybe the judges thought Union J were less of a threat to their singers in the competition.

"It is getting to that point in the game where the judges all criticise each other's acts. But whatever the reasoning, I don't think they did it lightly."

When he opted to save Union J, judge Gary Barlow told Jade: "You're a phenomenal singer, you're incredible. But sometimes I worry I want this for you more than you do."

Jade admits she was upset by his comments, and refused to speak to the Take That star after the show.

She said: "I don't agree at all.

"I don't think anybody would leave a young child at home for that length of time if they didn't really want what they were doing to be a success.

"Maybe he wanted me to look a bit more desperate for it.

"He was probably the only judge that I didn't speak to afterwards."

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