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"I'll be public enemy No 1" – Simon Cowell

Published: Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 16:54 [IST]

[an error occurred while processing this directive]London (ANI): Music mogul Simon Cowell has claimed that he has become 'public enemy No 1' after he saved twins John and Edward from being axed from the X Factor show.

Cowell, 50, had defended the controversial duo known as Jedward, and as a record 16.6million watched, Welsh singer Lucie Jones got the chop on November 8.

A massive 3,000 people complained to ITV, with thousands of fans blasting the 'outrageous' decision, and pledging to boycott the show, and a staggering 11,000 joined a Facebook group called Boycott The X Factor. The volume of angry comments on the show"s website was so great that bosses were forced to suspend the forum, and Cowell was on November 9 left reeling by the row.

“I"m going to get a lot of flak for my decision. I"ll be public enemy No 1," the Sun quoted him as saying. “People always like to disagree with me but I know this will be more controversial than usual. There will be people who are Lucie fans and think she should have been given a chance," he stated.

Some viewers have claimed he only saved the twins to make the show more entertaining. “There are a number of complaints which we"re looking into," an Ofcom spokesman stated.

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