Published Monday, 08 October 2012
Rylan comforts Carolynne on her X Factor exit. (© Rex Features)
The pair were in the bottom two after the first of the live shows and forced to enter a sing off, when their fate would then be decided by the judges.
Tulisa and 'overs' mentor Gary Barlow both voted for Carolynne, while Nicole Scherzinger opted to save her act, leaving Louis with the casting vote.
Louis first said he wanted to keep Carolynne in the competition, before changing his mind and despite appearing to flounder for a decision, the Irish judge exclaimed: "I want to take it to deadlock!"
When the public vote was counted, Rylan came out on top - despite weaker vocal ability.
Appearing on Daybreak on Monday, Carolynne said she was floored by Louis' choice.
"The crowds are so loud, and I thought he'd said he saved Carolynne, and then he said it again... How embarrassing, I went 'yeah!'"
She told Aled and Lorraine she is "still gutted" and hasn't had a proper chance to cry over her exit.
Gary stormed off stage when it was revealed that his act would be going home - a move that fellow judge Nicole described as "a bit dramatic and OTT".
"He was really cross," Carolynne said before being asked if she was angry at the outcome of Sunday's show.
I am cross. But it's the nature of the beast, it's the X Factor.
Responding to criticism after favouring a great entertainer over a great singer, Louis said: "I was torn... So, finally, I decided that the fairest thing to do was to go to the public vote and Rylan had more votes than Carolynne.
"It was sad but it was the fairest option," he added.
A Twitter storm erupted after a producer was seen talking to Louis during Carolynne's survival performance on Sunday.
A spokesman for the X Factor said: "Carolynne had the least amount of public votes so the public's choice to stay in the show was Rylan."
"Producers always chat to judges during the show."
Carolynne said she was "aware" of the producer chatting with Louis, adding: "It was quite off putting to be honest".
But Daybreak's showbiz editor Richard Arnold said it is very common for producers to talk with people on the floor.
"We get that a lot too. You get a lot of voices down your ears.
"That does happen all the time but I think as far as people were concerned at home, papers were being shuffled and someone was being influenced in some way," he said.
Rylan's mentor Nicole said her act was very upset at Carolynne's exit.
"He's extremely popular with all the other finalists. Rylan has a huge heart and cares more about other people than himself... I'm going to spend time building his confidence back up so he's ready for the challenges of the lives next week," she added.