Wagner banned from post-eviction TV interviews
Tuesday 30 November 2010
X Factor bosses banned Wagner Carrilho from appearing on TV yesterday after being booted off the show on Sunday, fearing he could damage the show with more negative headlines.
The odd-ball, who the nation had kept in until the quarter finals, was lined up for ITV’s Daybreak and other TV and radio interviews but they were all cancelled.
However, Katie Waissel, who also left the show after receiving the least votes, appeared on Daybreak, This Morning and gave several over interviews to newspaper and magazines.
Daybreak host Lorraine Kelly said on Twitter on Sunday night: “Watch tomorrow as I’ll be talking to Katie and Wagner – will be interesting.” However, the following morning she told viewers: “Wagner could not be here due to reasons beyond our control.”
Simon Cowell and other bosses are scared he will create bad press for the show, the Daily Mirror reports. We thought any press was good press Simon? Oh, no that’s only if your name is Katie!
A show source told the Daily Mirror: “Wagner could say anything at any time so it looked like an accident waiting to happen. They spent the day giving him advice so that when he does speak he won’t damage the show’s image.
“He was effectively gagged. No other contestant had this treatment this series.”
Wagner was only allowed to speak to X magazine, where he hit out at mentor Louis Walsh’s song choice. He said: “The trouble was Louis gave me fast songs in English so I had difficulty learning the lyrics.”
Adding: “The songs that can show my voice like La Fortuna and The Wonder of You and Creep, I sang well because I connect with the emotion. She Bangs, I can’t feel that.”
Wagner is thought to be heading to Birmingham and will be allowed to do interviews when he has had more media training.
He did tell X Magazine that he was looking forward to seeing his Siamese cat Mia.
We can’t help wondering what TV bosses are so afraid Wagner will say?
By Heidi Vella
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