Rylan Clark has hit out press reports claiming he dislikes X Factor judge Gary Barlow.
The Essex performer insisted that he respects the judge, despite their clashes on the live show.
"On stage I call him Gary Bore-low, but backstage I call him Banter Barlow," Rylan said. “I think he’s wicked. I love Gary to bits.”
He told journalists during rehearsals this week: “I’ve seen loads of stuff in the press this week that I’m supposed to have said about Gary, which isn’t true, but as to the press stuff, I’m just happy to ignore it and ride the ride.
“If people want to write that sort of stuff and if it’s paying their mortgage, then good luck to them.”
Speaking to the official ITV1 X Factor website, Rylan said previously: “I have absolute respect for Gary as a mentor and as a musician. I really want to win him over – I don’t want there to be a war between us.
“I reckon by the end of the series we’ll be bessie mates –move over Robbie, I am taking your place!”
[cat c="the x factor"]The X Factor[/cat] continues this Saturday and Sunday night on ITV1.
This weekend will see the remaining eleven finalists singing tracks with a Club Classics theme, while JLS and Labrinth will guest star on Sunday night's third live results show.
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