X Factor: Celebritys Martin Bashir accidentally smacks Dermot OLeary in the face after being eliminated


X FACTOR: Celebrity’s Martin Bashir accidentally whacked host Dermot O’Leary in the face following his elimination.

The 56-year-old journalist was booted from the competition after receiving the fewest public votes.

Martin whacked Dermot right in the face

He was in the bottom three alongside No Love Lost and V5, with the trio waiting to hear who would be sent home without taking part in the sing-off.

Dermot broke the news, announcing: “The act with the fewest votes and leaving the competition immediately is Martin.”

After a brief chat with the presenter, Martin turned to embrace his mentor, Nicole Scherzinger, who had rushed onto the stage to show her support.

As he reached to hug the beauty, he smacked Dermot right in the face, with the professional presenter brushing the incident off as he moved the show along.

Dermot professionally ignored the awkward moment

While everybody on stage expertly ignored the awkward faux pas, viewers at home were less forgiving as they flocked to social media to laugh at the mishap.

One wrote: “Lol @ Martin whacking Dermot in the face”.


Martin and Dermot had been talking

Martin courted controversy throughout his time on the celebrity spin-off of Simon Cowell’s show.

Fans were outraged following the first live show when Simon voted to send home Love Actually’s Olivia Olson over Martin when they were both in the bottom two.

There was further fury last weekend when Simon broke his own rule by sending the vote to deadlock – refusing to eliminate Martin even though he’d forgotten his words during his performance.

Nicole embraced her eliminated act


Ex EastEnders star Jonny Labey was booted from the competition instead, with the actor appearing shocked when Dermot announced the result of the public vote.

In addition to Martin, former islanders No Love Lost were sent home last night after losing the sing-off against girl group V5.

Both Nicole and Louis Walsh chose to save V5, with Simon shocking when he announced that he will bring back one eliminated act as a Wildcard later in the series.


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