X Factor producers are said to be outraged at finalist Christopher Maloney, who reportedly did a runner from filming sessions in London in order to take a trip home.
The singer, who is mentored by Take That star Gary Barlow, reportedly left a central London hotel without permission while contestants were due to be filmed working with Robbie Williams for this weekend's show.
He reportedly travelled across the city to Euston Station before boarding a train to his hometown to visit family members. He is said to still be upset after receiving negative comments from judges on last weekend's show.
"Bosses were furious," said a source to The Sun newspaper. "Robbie’s masterclass was a big deal and to miss it is unforgivable. Now we have to explain why he isn’t there on the show this weekend."
Maloney performs on The X Factor live finals
Despite his on-screen nervousness, Maloney has previously been criticised for being rude to production staff, with behind the scenes rumours suggesting he has upset a number of the X Factor team.
"Christopher is not making many friends," said another source for the show earlier this month.
"He was out of line with a researcher and he’s been warned by top brass that he needs to wind his neck in or he’ll get the shove."
Christopher Maloney has struggled to impress the X Factor judges during the show's live finals, but remains one of the most popular contestants with viewers.
Watch Maloney perform on the third week of X Factor's live finals
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