District 3 Defend Christopher Maloney
The X Factor rejects say former rival is getting 'horrible' treatment...
The X Factor rejects District 3 have spoken out in defence of Christopher Maloney, after the controversial contestant was booed in the studio on Sunday.
The boy band lost out in the sing-off against Union J on Sunday, but the worst reception of the night was given to 34-year-old Maloney when it was revealed he was safe.
Mickey Parsons of D3 told Digital Spy: "I don't like it when people boo. It's really rude in a sense. It's not very nice. To be on that stage is so scary as it is and then to be booed, it's horrible.
"It's not a nice feeling. We got booed once when we were in the bottom two and it's just a really horrible feeling to feel like you're not wanted there, and for him to go through that every week - I can't imagine. [We have] respect for him for keeping his head high."
And the backlash against the Maloney backlash has continued with a report in The Mirror about a producer on the show allegedly bullying him.
The paper claims that show exec Mark Sidaway "lost the plot" when Maloney arrived minutes late to a rehearsal and told him that his behaviour was "f***ing unacceptable".
A source said: "This rant from Mark Sidaway was totally unfair. Chris walked in a few minutes late and he was swearing and being aggressive.
"Chris was banned from seeing his family before Sunday's show. It hurt him and made him consider if he should carry on. Others are late and nothing is said."
Meanwhile, Maloney himself has commented on reports that he is pulling in twice as many votes as anyone else on the show.
He told The Sun: "I don't know whether that's true or what to believe – but if it is true, it's amazing.
"All I'm doing is my best. I still see myself as the wildcard – even though I'm a fully-fledged finalist I still see myself that way."