Judges Houses *always* throw up a weekend of questionable decisions, tears and chaos.
But before we’ve even had time to drool over Cheryl‘s mansion, get jealous of Simon Cowell‘s private jet and envy Louis Walsh‘s perfectly pristine lawn the controversy has begun after producers were forced to make panicked last minute changes to the show.
Simon ordered a scene to be CUT from the Xtra Factor due to be aired this weekend – after campaigners were outraged that it showed X Factor contestants swimming with dolphins.
A preview clip of the Judges’ House round showed Mel B’s acts from the boys category in a pool with the animals, with singer Paul Akister was also seen sharing a kiss with one of them.
The aired footage sparked anger among viewers of the ITV show and an online petition gained almost 8,000 supporters demanding it be removed.
The campaign claimed it glamourised captive dolphins – and would encourage “younger generations to beg their parents to visit the likes of Seaworld”.
But once animal lover Simon found out about the trip to see the captive creatures he made the decision to axe the scenes from the final show.
Writing on his Twitter account, he revealed: “Reading your tweets. I had no idea Xtra Factor producers filmed with dolphins. This will NOT be showed on Saturday.
“I think you all know my view on cruelty to animals so thank you all for your concern. (sic)”
The Judges’ House stage will see the four mentors, Simon, Mel B, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Louis Walsh, pick their final three acts to go on to the live shows.