Life IS hard: A solemn-looking Rylan Clark steps out after being barraged with threatening, homophobic Twitter abuse
20:06 GMT, 8 October 2012
He was left safe to sing again in Week 2 of The X Factor after he was controversially saved at the expense of Carolynne Poole on Sunday night.
But despite his joy at progressing, Rylan Clark looked pretty sad as he arrived at the rehearsal studios in London on Monday.
Wearing a T-shirt reading 'life is hard' in silver lettering, the Essex-native was feeling pretty glum after he was barraged with Twitter abuse after learning he would be in next weekend's live shows.
Serious: Rylan Clark arrives at The X Factor rehearsal studios on Monday wearing a 'life is hard' T-shirt
Rylan, 24, was sent vile messages on the micro-blogging site after he found out he had survived elimination.
The wannabe was even compared to Hitler in one tweet: 'Rylan Clark is now an even worse person. I put him alongside Adolf Hitler, Osama Bin Laden and Ian Huntley.'
Several Twitter users also made vile comments 'wishing' the singer would get AIDS and made threats by describing hurting him with weapons.
Rylan was evidently trying to keep his chin up today, tweeting: 'Thanks for all your supportive messages.'
Abuse: Rylan received a barrage of vile Twitter comments following Sunday night's controversial show
While Carolynne evidently sang the better out of the two during the sing-off, Louis Walsh insisted he couldn't chose between the pair and brought it to deadlock.
Unfortunately for the brunette country singer, she received the least amount of public votes so was eliminated.
On Monday, X Factor producers denied reports that Louis had been told to bring it to deadlock after TV footage showed him speaking to producer Richard Holloway moments before.
An ITV spokesperson denied the claims, insisting: 'Carolynne
had the least amount of public votes so the public's choice to stay in
the show was Rylan.
Decision time: Rylan was saved by the public vote after going head-to-head with Carolynne Poole
'Producers always chat to judges during the show.'
Carolynne's mentor Gary Barlow was so angry he stormed off instead of comforting Carolynne on stage.
However, Louis has defended his decision, insisting it was the 'fairest thing to do'.
He said: 'I was torn. I think Rylan's a great entertainer and Carolynne's a great singer.
'I couldn't make up my mind. So, finally, I decided that the fairest thing to do was to go to the public vote and Rylan had more votes than Carolynne. It was sad but it was the fairest option.'