The X Factor 2012 rumour mill: does Simon Cowell want Christopher out?

People of Liverpool! Your hero is under attack from TV's Dr Evil himself

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THE RUMOUR: Simon Cowell is in his sterilised Californian lair, fuming about the continued survival of shaky Liverpudlian ballad-squeezer Christopher Maloney. He’s rung up on the Cowphone to demand that Nicole Scherzinger, Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh give Chris a fearful slagging on tomorrow night’s live show, in an effort to get shot of the nan’s favourite once and for all. What do you mean, they already do that? Shut up, this is exciting and important news. You and your “facts”. Tsk.

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QUOTE FROM A “SOURCE” WHO PROBABLY DOESN’T EXIST: “Chris winning or even getting further into the competition is a disaster for Cowell. He wants Chris out and the fact that his mentor is Gary Barlow makes [Simon] even more desperate to get him kicked off.” (Daily Mirror)

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RADIOTIMES.COM TRUTH RATING: 2/5. This is a rumour within a rumour, based as it is on the idea that Christopher is running away with the public vote every week. If that’s true, this is probably true. So: no.