'X Factor's' Dexter Haygood Claims He Made a Deal to Leave Show

Dexter Haygood

Age: 49
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Currently Resides: Chicago, IL
Team: Nicole

“It is going to be exciting; I’m gonna set the place on fire, but not literally. There is nothing like The X Factor. I have never experienced anything like this.” – Dexter Haygood

UPDATED: A show rep says there is no truth to the eliminated contestant's assertion that Over 30s mentor Nicole Scherzinger brokered an agreement with producers for him.

This will probably come out of left field for X Factor fans as contestant, Dexter Haygood, seemed speechless about his elimination on last week’s show. Well, he isn’t speechless anymore. According to an Associated Press report, Haygood contends that his elimination during the Top 12 show last week was the result of a deal he brokered with producers.

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"I wanted to leave the show because I was unhappy that I was unable to be a rock artist. I grew up on rock," he's quoted as saying. "(Producers) seemed to have their way of doing things. I'm not sure why they wouldn't let me be me.”

Fans will remember that Haygood sang several songs that seemed to be outside of his comfort zone, including hits from Beyonce, Katy Perry, and Britney Spears. Haygood says he told judge and Over 30s group mentor Nicole Scherzinger that he wanted to leave and she brought his request to show producers.

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She then returned with a deal, according to Haygood. He can leave the show during the Top 12 elimination if he agreed to return for the season finale. Though he says he never actually dealt with show producers, he took the deal Scherzinger offered him. Since he was contractually bound, he said he wouldn’t have quit if they didn’t cut him a deal.

"They took the opportunity to cut me, to let me just fly and do things the way I want to do them," he says.

THR reached out to Fox and a spokespeson says the network has no comment. Also, a request for comment from Scherzinger on Haygood's claims was not immediately returned.

[Update Nov. 3 2:32 a.m. A show rep denies any assertion of a back room deal, issuing a statement on Tuesday night that read: "Theres no truth in this at all. Dexter always said he was very happy with everything leading up to last weeks show and he had no conversation with either Nicole or producers to the contrary. In fact, it was the opposite, he was always very positive about the song, the show and his performance."]

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Haygood, who declared he was homeless when he auditioned for the show, was a member of the 80s funk rock group, Xavion.

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