X Factor star Chris Maloney has hit back at the judges for claiming he's a diva.
Last weekend saw Louis Walsh and Tulisa agree that Chris had apparently been the most handful behind the scenes of the ITV1 show.
But Chris claimed that Louis was just being tactical and trying to bring him down!
"I was backstage with the other contestants and the crew when Louis was asked who was a diva on the show and he named me. All our mouths just dropped," Chris explained. “We were all in total shook."
Speaking to the Daily Star Sunday, Chris continued: “I went up to Louis in the corridor after and asked him why he called me a diva.
“He just said he was put on the spot with the question and the first person that popped into his head was me.”
He added: “I don’t know why Tulisa and Nicole backed him up. I’m anything but a diva – you can ask all the contestants, the crew, Gary Barlow.
“I just feel it was a little bit below the belt as it has damaged my credibility on the show."
Liverpudlian singer Chris admitted that Louis' remarks "upset" him, but admitted: "I have realised it is a competition at the end of the day and the other judges want their acts to win and me and Gary to fail."
Chris went on: “I’ve just had to understand that people will make other acts look bad to make their own acts look good.
“But I don’t hold any bad feelings against him.”
Meanwhile, leaked X Factor voting results this morning had revealed that Chris is apparently topping the public vote.
[cat c="the x factor"]The X Factor 2012[/cat] live shows continue at 7PM tonight with the latest results show.
As well as featuring the latest sing off and subsequent elimination, this evening's episode will also feature performances from JLS and Labrinth.