Was Dexter Haygood just a pawn in The X Factor's reality-TV game?
"There's no truth in this at all," a Fox rep tells E! News in response to Haygood's claim that he wanted to be cut early on because the show tried to make him into a kooky character instead of just let him be an aspiring artist.
"Dexter always said he was very happy with everything leading up to last week's show and he had no conversation with either [mentor Nicole Scherzinger] or producers to the contrary. In fact, it was the opposite. He was always very positive about the song, the show and his performance."
But that was last week. Tonight, the top 12 finalists took the stage knowing that, for the first time, their fate is in the voters' hands. How did the crème de la crème do when it counted?