X Factor 2012: James Arthur defends Rylan Clark

The X Factor 2012 - James Arthur

James Arthur has defended Rylan Clark from abuse, after the Essex performer quit Twitter earlier today.

"Don't think people understand some of the stuff that I get sent day in and day out," Rylan wrote online this afternoon. "Some of you should be locked away for your comments...regarding my sexuality, it's absolutely disgraceful. Imagine that was your son or brother that was receiving those messages enough is enough.

"I'm a 24 year old normal boy who has auditioned for Xfactor, never come from money, my mother is seriously ill, and not one have I used that...as a sob story or a reason to validate my place on the show.

"I would rather be judged on the reason why I'm actually on the show to sing...and perform."

He continued: "I TOTALLY understand I haven't got the best voice in the competition but have proved that I can just stand there and sing...for those of you that have supported me thank you [so] much."

James, who was in the bottom two at the weekend, insisted he wasn't annoyed with Rylan staying in.

He said: “People love Rylan, everybody loves Rylan. He is so entertaining.”

However James suggested that it should've been someone else in the bottom two with him, rather than Ella.

"She should've been in the final - I hate the fact that it's me that went through at the expense of Ella. But I'm obviously encouraged by the fact that I got the public vote," James explained. "I think it should have been her out of the bottom two - it should have been me and someone else."

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The X Factor 2012 continues this Saturday on ITV1 and ITV1HD, with the final five acts sing two tracks each with Abba and Motown themes.

Sunday's results show will see one more act get the axe, and there will be performances from Rhianna, Tulisa and Bruno Mars.

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