Christopher Maloney, the Liverpudlian singer on this year's X Factor competition, has received death threats in the wake of Ella Henderson's shock elimination from the show. Though Maloney is old fashioned, over the top and lacking in any kind of star power, he continues to cruise through in the public vote at the expense of his more talented rivals.
Sunday evening's elimination saw Grimsby based Henderson kicked out of the competition, with the well-fancied James Arthur also finding himself in the bottom two. Maloney was a wild-card entry in the competition but has been dubbed "cheesy" by the judges from day one. His entry through to the final five resulted in a barrage of death threats from angry Twitter users, one of who said, "Oh my god I feel to cry. I'm gobsmacked. Christopher Maloney I will kill you in ur sleep." Another simply wrote, "CHRISTOPHER MALONEY KILL YOURSELF." One user threatened to 'hunt him down' before branding the singer a "fat orange turd." Another suggested, "Christopher Maloney needs to be taken to the nearest cliff/bridge/cruise ship and be pushed off it. Die." Nice. On last night's spin off show The Xtra Factor, Maloney defended his position on the show, saying, "My fans have been with me throughout. Ella was brought in, the judges picked her. I was not picked by the judges, I was the wildcard and I was the wildcard for the public choice and the public have stayed with me right from the beginning." The death threats appear to strengthen the case to wave goodbye to The X Factor, a tired format that rarely rewards the most talented contestant. Without Simon Cowell, the judging line-up has been lacking any real bite in recent years and Dermot O'Leary has worn the same grey suit for 3 years straight.
Maloney's mentor Gary Barlow is keeping quiet on the whole thing, after previously slamming Rylan Clark for preventing good singers from progressing in the competition. Maloney himself has been criticised in the past after admitting voting for himself. He sure must be racking up one hell of a phone bill.