Christopher Maloney has blasted X Factor producers, claiming they're using "underhand tactics" to portray him as a diva and to crush his dreams of winning.
Maloney is often thought to top the viewers vote, but he believes Simon Cowell wants to oust him as he doesn't have the same money-making potential as Union J or James Arthur, who he says have been tipped to win by bosses.
The Liverpudlian has been called a diva by mentor Louis Walsh live on TV, and is usually booed by the audeince.
Bosses are apparently anxious that if the former supermarket worker won, he might share a similar luckless fate with first series winner Steve Brookstein.
Chris told the Sunday Mirror: "It seems like underhand tactics are being used to paint a false picture of me and sway the public vote. I am the opposite of diva... I mean I spent most of my life doing my shopping for my nan."
The 34-year-old recieved a blow by his own mentor Gary Barlow on Saturday's show, as he revealed he wanted James to take the X Factor crown.
Chris, who was bullied as a teenager, confessed: "It really hurts," but added that his critics, which includes Simon Cowell himself, just spur him on to succeed and prove them wrong.
He said: "I don't really care what he [Cowell] thinks." He has also labelled himself the people's champion.
X Factor bosses told MailOnline all contestants were treated equally.
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