WITH the barricades coming down and the eviction of the travellers from Dale Farm to take place on Friday, many travellers performed a U-turn and decided to head back to their pitches. However, the reason for the return was not an act of defiance or unity, but was because they can not receive a signal on their televisions to watch this weekends X Factor.
Simon Cowell's company SYCO has produced ITV 1's hit show for 7 years now and has been the catalyst for many travellers refusing to travel due to the compelling and addictive nature of the hour long talent show.
Traveller, Jim Connolly, 46, defended the return to Dale Farm and praised Simon Cowell:
"We travelled to a Tesco carpark in Maidstone on Wednesday and tried to get a picture on the telly so that we could watch the ITV 2 repeat of The X-tra Factor. When we couldn't get that, we tried to get a picture on ITV 1 but when that failed there was only one option left, and that's why we have come back."
A spokesperson for SYCO today said: "The popularity of The X Factor continues to grow and grow and with putting a fellow gypsy on the show last year in Cher Lloyd and a gypsy on the panel this year in Tulisa, we have achieved our goal in reaching out to another community. We fully back the return to Dale Farm if it is an optimum reception area."