When I started reading reports that Simon Cowell has 'fixed X Factor' I thought for a minute he might finally have sacked all the judges... But no, this latest conspiracy theory relates to HMV putting one contestant's 'Winner's Single' online for sale a full five days ahead of the live final:
HMV has said it was a technical error and that seems more plausible than the inevitable 'fix' allegations which arise each year. All three contestants will record a 'winning single' before the final and retailers will be preparing to sell hundreds of thousands of copies from the minute the result is known.
It seems highly likely that HMV just got a bit carried away entering all three into its website and managed to set one live.