Christopher Maloney 'In X Factor Strop'
He reportedly dropped out then begged to get back into group performance...
But the temperamental Scouser then apparently changed his mind and begged bosses on the show to let him take part after all - only to be told it was too late.
And The Mirror claims that when he was told he was welcome to watch from backstage and come to the after party "he stormed off again and left in a strop".
The Sun even claims that he turned up late for the rehearsals and "clearly drunk" - getting angry when he realised he only had one line.
The 34-year-old is also claimed to have had a row with Carolynne Poole and to have been abusive to members of staff.
He apparently showed up at the final and tried to go on stage anyway, but was prevented from doing so.
A source told The Sun: "He showed up wanting to go on stage but they had to turn him away as they were already on stage and he missed the dress rehearsal.
"Everyone is completely fed up of his behaviour. He was abusive to the production team and other contestants."
An X Factor spokesman said: "Chris decided he no longer wanted to be part of The X Factor Final and has gone back to Liverpool."
And he took his disagreement with Carolynne onto Twitter too, writing: "you'll do anything to get a headline! disgraceful! week one! bitter."
"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.
"yes I am being bullied! big time. there u go xx witch hunt.
"thank u all so much for ur love help and support. thinking everyone wants a final dig. disgusting xx love u na nite."
The voting patterns for the series have been released - showing that Maloney was on top for the majority of the series.