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X Factor drama: Louis Tomlinson ‘refuses’ to vote on contestant

This sounds like a tough position to be in

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They’ve only just started filming, but things are already heating up on the X Factor set.

Reports say new judge Louis Tomlinson was left in a difficult position when a contestant he knew auditioned.

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Louis is part of the brand new judges line-up (credit: X Factor)

In fact, the former One Direction singer allegedly refused to vote on whether his friend could go through, as it would be unfair.

Contestant Anthony Russell auditioned for the show last year, and Louis befriended him after he was forced to pull out to tackle “personal issues”.

Anthony auditioned last year but pulled out (credit: antrussellmusic Instagram)

When he came out on stage this week, reports say Louis told fellow judges Simon Cowell, Robbie Williams and Ayda Field: “After Anthony auditioned for this show last year and sang Issues with a black eye, he stole my heart straight away.

“He has had some struggles. I have really got to know him and his family and he is a really lovely guy.”

A friend reportedly told The Daily Mail: “Louis felt an affinity to Anthony when he was on the show last year. He believed he had a real future – as long as he could, and can, overcome his issues.

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We can’t wait to see these four in action (credit: thexfactor Instagram)

“He got in touch with Anthony as soon as he left the show last year and has been a constant friend to him in the last year.”

Read more: Robbie Williams explains wife Ayda’s X Factor judging qualifications

It comes as auditions with the brand new judging line-up continue with a vengeance. And the X Factor Instagram account has been posting behind the scenes pictures from the red carpet at Wembley Arena.

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Dermie has nailed selfies (credit: thexfactor Instagram)

One photo in particular caught fans’ attention.

The shot of Robbie and his wife on Monday showed the singer wearing what followers joked were pyjamas.

One commented: “Omg hez went out in his jammez 🙈🙈🙈😂”.

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Pyjamas or not – you decide (credit: thexfactor Instagram)

Another wrote: “Is Robbie wearing his wife’s pjs 🤦🏻‍♀️😂”.

A third added: “Rob. What an idiot how can he wear pj to the Show?”

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ED! has contacted reps for comment. If true, it looks like this could be the dramatic series ever…

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