Reps for The X Factor have confirmed to EntertainmentWise that Christopher Maloney will not be taking part in tonight's final, as he walks away from the show and heads back to Liverpool.
Chris was voted off the ITV show last night leaving Jahmene Douglas and James Arthur to battle it out in tonight's final showdown. Now, a rep for the show has confirmed that the singer will not take part in the final show tonight:
"Chris decided he no longer wanted to be part of The X Factor Final and has gone back to Liverpool," a rep has told EntertainmentWise.
There's been speculation that the third place finalist was actually told to leave the show after a boozy night out following his vote off yesterday:
According to The Sun, the axed singer became "abusive" during rehearsals for the group song earlier today after realising he only had one line in the medley. Insiders tell The Sun he stormed off the set at Manchester Central and went back to his nearby hotel.
"Everyone is completely fed up of his behaviour" a source reveals.
"He was abusive to the production team and other contestants. He said he was leaving and didn't want to perform in the final tonight."
Meanwhile a tweet posted by ex contestant Carolynne Poole today, who is in Manchester for the final, seems to hint at some kind of backstage drama, which may or may not involve Christopher: "X Factor can also create monsters it would seem!"
Whilst there's been no activity on Chris' own twitter account today, he did reveal his future plans on last night's Xtra Factor, admitting he already had offers on the table:
"At the minute I'm just taking everything in. There's been quite a few offers made. I've only been out of the competition 20 minutes and there's been a few offers. So watch this space."
Maybe Chris just missed his nan?