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However, rather than making the decision himself, he deliberately took the vote to deadlock, with the public choosing to send a devastated Paul home.
Mel has now revealed that she had a few choice words for Louis after the show, telling The Sun: “Paul won the sing-off hands down. I said to Louis, ‘I am so angry at you, come on, don’t wimp out.’
“He told me to shut up. I won’t tell you what I said after that.”
Paul has also been critical of Louis’ refusal to make the decision himself, admitting that he was “massively hurt” about having been voted out through deadlock rather than by the judging panel.
He told ‘This Morning’ on Monday: “If I was on the panel I would say who sang the best. He backed out I reckon. He should have said his option whether it was me or Jay.”
Last year, Louis was Paul’s mentor at judges’ houses, but ultimately chose not to put him through to the live shows.
The eight remaining ‘X Factor’ contestants will be bringing us brass and sass this weekend, performing some swing classics for Big Band Week.