'They want me out': People's champion Christopher Maloney accuses X Factor bosses of using 'underhand tactics' to kill his dream
11:00 GMT, 18 November 2012
Christopher Maloney has branded X Factor producers underhand, accusing bosses of trying to scupper his chances at winning by painting him as 'a diva'.
The Liverpudlian, who is believed to regularly top the viewers vote, believes Simon Cowell wants him out because he fears he won't make him enough money, and said bosses have already tipped Union J or James Arthur to win.
Former supermarket worker Chris is regularly booed and has been branded a diva on live TV by mentor Louis Walsh.
'They're killing my dream': Christopher Maloney has accused X Factor bosses of painting a false picture of him to try and manipulate the public's opinion
It is believed bosses fear the 34-year-old wouldn't sell enough records and end up like 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.'
Dull: Chris on Saturday night's show, his mentor Gary Barlow even appeared to back James Arthur
He just loves James: Gary Barlow told Mr Arthur that he hoped he wins the competition
He's just too good to be true: Gary Barlow told Mr Arthur that he hoped he wins the competition
The X Factor singer claimed bosses want James Arthur or Union J to win and he is always shoved in the background at official events or parties.
On Saturday's show his own mentor Gary Barlow said he backed James to win.
Chris added: 'It really hurts.'
But Chris said his critics, even the media mogul Simon Cowell, make him more determined to succeed.
Thumbs up: Union J are tipped to win says Chris, because they will make bosses more money
Another favourite: Ella Henderson is also popular with producers, says Chris
He said: 'I don't really care what he [Cowell] thinks.'
Former supermarket worker Chris, who was bullied as a teenager, said he connects with the public and refuses to back down.
And Chris has branded himself the people's champion, who is determined to soldier on, whatever Cowell thinks.
X Factor bosses told MailOnline all contestants were treated equally.