X Factor finalist is worried about nutters

Christopher Maloney has been left terrified after learning of a threat to kidnap his nan Pat O’Brien, 76.

On 6 December, two days before the final, an online troll Tweeted: ‘If Chris wins, I’ll take his nan hostage!’

It was followed by a series of similar Tweets.

Despite Chris coming third, a pal says: ‘He’s panicking that these nutters could carry out their threats.’

Chris tells Now he’s looking into ‘taking action against the people responsible’.

The 34-year-old, who was cruelly nicknamed ‘Baloney’, was eliminated first on Saturday before Jahmene Douglas and James Arthur battled it out on Sunday.

It’s claimed he pulled out of the group medley after shouting at fellow act Carolynne Poole.

However, Chris denied the claims he’d had a strop, Tweeting: ‘I’m being bullied big time. Witch hunt.’

Read more X Factor gossip in Now magazine dated 20 December 2012 – out now! 

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