Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

X Factor Chris dismayed by threats

Christopher Maloney has decided to take a break from Twitter after receiving threatening messages

X Factor contestant Christopher Maloney has expressed his dismay at receiving online "death threats" from show fans who are angered that he has continued in the competition.

In a message to his fans, the 34-year-old customer service advisor said: "What's the world coming to?"

He was responding to threatening messages on Twitter from viewers unhappy that he has continued to remain in the show, while favourite Ella Henderson was axed on Sunday night.

Ella's departure caused shockwaves after she proved to be the least popular contestant at the weekend, when show judges put the decision to "deadlock" which meant viewer votes decided the result of the sing-off.

The outcome left some fans claiming the show was a "fix", and led to unpleasant comments about Christopher being posted online, including threats and suggestions that he should kill himself.

Chris posted his own message which said: "It's a singing comp, now getting death threats. What's the world coming to?"

He later said he was going to take a break from Twitter "for a bit", adding: "Need to concentrate on my songs for this week."

Show bosses are understood to be discussing the messages with Christopher and are seeking guidance on what sort of action he wants to take, and if he wishes to refer it to police.

A programme spokesman said: "The welfare of our contestants is always our key priority and we work with them to provide what support is needed."

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