The X Factor has generated a LOT of scandal over the years.
Whether it’s judges getting sacked, contestants breaking the law, or the Christman No1 spot being snatched from the winner’s grasp, there have been plenty of headline-grabbing moments since the show began in 2004.
The show this year, as ever, has been faced with fix claims and reports of falling viewing figures threatening to take it off air.
But that’s nowhere near as bad as some of the controversy it’s overcome over the years.
Let’s take a look back at some of the X Factor’s most scandalous moments ever…
Cheryl doesn’t take Gamu to live shows
- X Factor’s Anthony Russell breaks silence after he’s caught FaceTiming prisoner
On the 2010 series, Gamu Nhengu made it through to judges’ houses with Cheryl.
But fans couldn’t believe it when she wasn’t chosen to advance to the live shows.
Cheryl gave spots to Cher Lloyd and Katie Waissel, who both failed to complete their performanes.
A conspiracy theory was launched when there were reports Gamu was going to be deported. People believed X Factor knew, and that’s why she wasn’t chosen.
However, Gamu later said the story had been blown out of proportion and said "lies were spread".
Jake Sims tweeting a naked picture of himself when he was under 18
Stereo Kicks member Jake Sims caused a lot of controversy in 2014 when he tweeted a naked picture of himself, when he was under the age of 18.
He also bragged about taking drugs on Twitter.
Viewers claiming fix over Leon Jackson’s win
In 2007, X Factor viewers cried "fix" when Leon Jackson claimed victory over Rhydian Roberts.
Some people complained that they’d been trying to vote for Rhydian, but that the lines had been down.
Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom received more than 1,000 complaints from angry potential voters who believed the wrong man had won.
In the end, Ofcom decided that Leon still would have won even if all those people had managed to get through.
Frankie Cocozza kicked off show for ‘cocaine use’
Cheeky Frankie Cocozza hit headlines right from his very first audition, after he pulled down his trousers to reveal the names of seven girls he’d had tattooed on his bum.
- Cheryl shows off the Buddhist tattoo between her breasts
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The singer ended up being booted off the live shows over allegations he’d been using cocaine.
His mentor Gary Barlow said he was "hugely disappointed" but Frankie hit out, saying there was no proof he’d been using the drug.
He also accused the show of leaking the story even though they’d "promised it wouldn’t be released".
Louis Walsh ‘favouring Irish acts’ like Jedward and The Conway Sisters
Louis Walsh has been accused of favouring acts simply because they’re Irish more than once.
For example, that whole Jedward situation.
But on the second series of the show in 2005, one act caused a double controversy.
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When The Conway Sisters landed in the bottom two, Louis chose to save them over the public’s favourite, Maria Lawson, and was accused of Sharon Osborne of picking them just because of their Irish heritage.
Then in a second wave, Simon Cowell – their mentor – voted to send them home.
He’s the only judge to ever vote off their own act.
Cheryl getting sacked from US show
Geordie lass Cheryl got a huge break in her career when she landed a judging job on the American version of the show.
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But it later emerged that Simon had sacked her, amid reports that no one could understand her accent.
Cheryl went on to reveal an expletive-laden text message she sent her former employer, and he admitted he’d made a "mistake".
Of course, they later patched things up with Chezza joining Simon at judges’ houses last year in one of her first appearances after giving birth to baby Bear, who she shares with ex Liam Payne.
Rage Against The Machine stealing Christmas No1 from Joe McElderry
It became a bit of a given that the X Factor winner nabbed the Christmas No1 spot every year.
But sadly, that accolade was stolen from Joe McElderry in 2009.
Olly Murs, Stacey Solomon and Joe McElderry
He became the first winner not to get the coveted No1 after an anti-X Factor online campaign was launched to make Rage Against The Machine’s Killing in the Name No1 instead.
He picked up the award later though, and other acts have since gone on to miss out on it
* The X Factor concludes this weekend on ITV
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