While The X Factor had viewers fangirling over One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson on Saturday, it seems a ghost spooked poor Simon Cowell in the middle of a performance by Anton Stephans. The ghost was more popular on Twitter than X Factor! Twitter was also aghast at the upstaging of Caroline Flack by her own nipples (and a bit of tape). Oh, the horrors.
Simon, joined by Tomlinson, filmed their part of The X Factor Judges’ Houses at the Chateau de Candes in Candes-Saint-Martin, a chateau in the Loire Valley of France. The owner has previously admitted to some spooky activity at the castle and Simon and his girlfriend both believe they indeed saw a ghost. Simon didn’t hesitate one bit about his belief.
“I know it’s haunted. I saw it.”
Daily Express reported that when the segment was filmed earlier in the week, a window that was bolted shut flew open and the television monitors shut themselves off and on at the same time the ghost appeared. Creepy! The X Factor crew was terrified and Cowell, 56, yelled out, “Sorry, I think I just saw a ghost!” His girlfriend and mother of his son, Lauren Silverman, 38, said that she “felt a presence” and was frightened after it happened.
The owner of the castle where X Factor segment was filmed, Monique Pignet, told Metro UK that last year a Russian guest also felt the strong presence of a male spirit and said it was in the tower.
“So it is true to say our place is haunted.”
From the looks of this ghost, he’s not a very scary poltergeist but he was bad enough to scare the wits out of some people. Even the host of The X Factor companion show, Xtra Factor, got spooked enough that she refused to stay there alone. Rochelle Humes insisted that her makeup artist sleep in the room with her.
Viewers on Twitter seem to think the ghost sighting is nothing more than a Halloween stunt by the X Factor family. An “XFactorGhost” account has even popped up. Many tweets compared the ghost to various people, including the kooky neighbor from Friends, Mr. Heckles. He also resembled Doc Brown from Back to the Future, according to some X Factor fans.
There was more X Factor buzz on Twitter about the newest #nipplegate. Why? Because Caroline Flack had (gasp!) tape on her dress. There were plenty of other noteworthy events on the latest X Factor but Twitter was obsessed with the tape and the near complete lack of nipple coverage Caroline’s green satin dress provided. Perhaps fans recall her first nipple exposure on Instagram just two months ago? That’s right, this isn’t the first time they’ve been “featured.”
In Caroline’s brand new autobiography, Storm In A C Cup, The X Factor presenter reveals a terrible tragedy that hit her town when she was young. A girl from her school named Johanna Young, only 14, was murdered and found three days later a mile away from where she’d vanished. At 13, Caroline was scared she could be next.
“I started not going out after dusk, convinced I was going to be murdered, convinced the murderer was somewhere around… just waiting.”
No one was ever arrested for the murder of her school mate. Caroline also wrote about a time that she nearly died when she jumped in a pool wearing a swim ring and got caught underwater upside down. Luckily, her father was nearby and rescued her. Caroline Flack’s book was released last week.
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