Contestant Carolynne claims Christopher Maloney was rude to her

X Factor contestant Carolynne Poole has claimed that Christopher Maloney called her a ‘c***’ backstage at the show’s final last weekend.

Carolynne, 32, and the other finalists were rehearsing for their group song when Christopher, 34, reportedly turned up late and began ranting because he’d only been given one line to sing.

‘He came in and basically, because I didn’t say hi and kiss his a**, he called me a c***. Everyone heard it, even Jahmene [Douglas], who was upset,’ Carolynne tells The Sun.

‘I said to him: “Did you just call me a c***?” He denied it but I heard him.’

Christopher has since insisted he’s the target of a ‘witch hunt’ and says the real reason he didn’t appear on Sunday’s show was because he was suffering from a chest infection.

Some viewers are now wondering whether the singer – who came 3rd behind Jahmene, 21, and winner James Arthur on Saturday night – will be taking part on The X Factor tour.

‘take no notice of crap in papers! I’m fine. it’s just a final stretch of sensational headlines lol. whatever xx we know the truth xx,’ Tweets Christopher.

‘yes I am being bullied! big time. there u go xx witch hunt xx.’

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Anna Duff