Death threats amid X Factor online storm

Published Tuesday, 20 November 2012
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X Factor fans are still reeling from the latest controversial exit, with many taking to Twitter to vent their frustration - resulting in an investigation into death threats made against a contestant.

Death threats amid X Factor online storm
Christopher Maloney sang Total Eclipse Of The Heart to escape the sing-off. (© Rex Features)

In the wake of 16-year-old Ella Henderson's departure, it was her fellow hopefuls Rylan Clark and Christopher Maloney who bore the brunt of the outrage.

Ella and James Arthur ending up in the bottom two sing-off shocked both the public and the judges.

But the result then fuelled a barrage of hate, with the worst of the messages on Twitter being sent to 34-year-old Liverpudlian Christopher.

Among the many tweets, one young woman persistently used foul-mouthed, homophobic language to tell the singer that they hoped he and his family died or that he would kill himself.

In response to one of her messages saying she hoped he was stabbed in his sleep, Chris replied: "That's disgusting! It's only a singing competition, shame on you!"

Another schoolgirl also tweeted him more than once, saying he "should actually die".

On Tuesday, the under-pressure X Factor hopeful said he was taking a break from Twitter.

X Factor bosses are aware of the death threats and have reported them to Twitter. They may also contact police.

"The welfare of our contestants is always our key priority and we work with them to provide what support is needed," an ITV spokesman said.

The show's judges had been left shocked by Sunday's result and exit, with Tulisa - who has now lost all of her acts - branding the situation "ridiculous".

The panel have previously complained about some contestants costing others a place in the final.

While both Chris and Rylan have their supporters, others feel they're less serious contenders than acts like Ella, James or Jahmene.

On Sunday night, even Rylan himself - who had feared that his time on the show was up - tweeted that Ella and James shouldn't have been in the bottom two and added: "They are my 1st and 2nd."

And stars were out in force to show their support for the latest hopeful to exit the competition.

McFly's Harry Judd declared that Ella and James were "by FAR the best on the X Factor. Leagues above the rest", while TOWIE's Arg said it was "so sad and unfair".

Even the Labour Party's former deputy leader John Prescott got caught up in the X Factor buzz, tweeting Ella to tell her he couldn't believe she was out.

"But you showed a lot of class in accepting it. That makes you a true star!" he added.

For the remaining contestants, it was also hard to lose the last remaining girl - who seemed to have become an honorary little sister to the boys.

And even X Factor supremo Simon Cowell simply added: "Ella! Gone??? Unbelievable."

Meanwhile, Nicole Scherzinger has now made history as the first judge to ever make it to week eight with all their acts still in the competition.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
BigStevie in Northern Ireland wrote (802 days ago):
I think this is absolutely disgusting. If they want a particular act to stay in, let them vote more for that act; don't blame those who the PUBLIC have voted for more. I had been torn in the past about whether it was right or not for people to be punished for posting malicious stuff online but this story is certainly swinging my opinion towards giving them a public flogging; these trolls ought to be truly ashamed of themselves!!
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