Cheryl Cole wants Simon Cowell to explain why Gamu Nhengu was axed during tomorrow's live 'X Factor'.
The Girls Aloud singer has urged her fellow judge to explain to fans exactly why the Zimbabwe-born contestant - who is facing deportation from the UK - didn't make it into the live finals, and admit her visa problems were the real cause of her boot from the show.
She reportedly told show bosses: "You need to tell the truth. We need to sort this out or it will overshadow the whole series."
Cole was heavily criticised after putting contestants Katie Waissel and Cher Lloyd through to her final three in place of show favourite Gamu last weekend, even though they both fluffed their auditions.
However, a production insider has claimed Cheryl is begging Simon to admit Gamu's visa problems were behind her exit.
The source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "She knows it's unlikely Simon would be willing to admit on air that Gamu's visa problems were the real reason for her going, but she wants the matter to be addressed in some way and for Simon to take the heat off her.
"The whole thing has blown up out of proportion and she's been left hung out to dry. Saturday's show could be the first step in her reputation being restored."
Gamu currently faces deportation from Scotland - where she has lived with her mother Nokuthula Ngazana and two younger brothers for eight years - after her mum's visa application was turned down.
The family's lawyer Frances Farrell plans to lodge an appeal with an immigration tribunal in Edinburgh, and is adamant they have a strong case to stay in Britain.
She said: "My client has lived here for eight years, always legally and on proper visas. I'm now certain there is grounds to put in an appeal."