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However, he may have let his competitive side get the better of him, when he joked live on air to Mel B about Andrea, telling her: “Good luck with your Italian act, against my two British ones.”
There had already been an uncomfortable atmosphere between the four judges, with Cheryl Fernandez-Versini looking absolutely fuming that Lauren Platt had been sent home in the sing-off, and Simon’s remarks didn’t exactly help matters.
A number of viewers weren’t too happy with Simon over his remarks, taking to Twitter to voice their complaints.
"Good luck with your Italian contestant against my two British ones" Simon goes UKIP on #XtraFactor— Tom King (@tomilo) December 7, 2014
"Good luck with your Italian contestant against my two British ones" Simon.I take back what I said earlier,no need 4 xenophobia #XtraFactor— Irene Ceccanti (@IreneCeccanti) December 7, 2014
The judges on the xtra factor are turning into politicians at PMQs just bickering at each other and Simon just went a bit Farage!— Nihal A (@TherealNihal) December 7, 2014
Then simon just said “You’ve got an Italian against two British artists in the final” on xtra factor. Dramas galore this weekend.— V. Cadaverini (@East_) December 7, 2014
Simon Cowell; "Good luck with the Italian". #xfactor hits a new low.— John (@athomejohn) December 7, 2014
Andrea had previously tried out for the Italian version of ‘The X Factor’ (which, bizarrely, features Mika on its judging panel) three times, but never even made it in front of the judges, let alone to the live shows.
However, his luck changed this year when he came to London especially to audition for the UK version of the singing contest, sailing through the stages of the competition to secure a place in the live shows.
Despite winding up in the bottom on Sunday night for the second time, he’ll be competing against Fleur and Ben in the live final this weekend.
Sam Smith is one of several acts to be performing this weekend, prompting speculation among fans online that he may be duetting with Andrea, though this is yet to be confirmed.