XFactor 2012: Simon Cowell fears 'disastrous' Christopher Maloney win

Simon Cowell (Britain's Got Talent 2012)

X Factor boss Simon Cowell is fearing Christopher Maloney will win the show this year.

Rylan Clark became the latest singer to leave the competition in this evening's XFactor 2012 results after he fell into the bottom two with Union J.

Louis Walsh, Tulisa and Gary Barlow all sent Rylan home with only Rylan's mentor Nicole Scherzinger saving him.

It leaves Chris in the competition and still yet to avoid the bottom two.

Apparent leaked X Factor voting figures yesterday put Chris on top of the polls with the public votes for the past seven weeks.

An X Factor insider told the Daily Star Sunday over the weekend: “Traditionally it’s been said acts who do well early on lose momentum in later rounds but Chris shows no sign of that.

“It’s not certain he’ll win but other acts must raise their game and get fans voting – and fast – if they want to upset him. It’s looking really good for him.”

It's despite Simon trying to get viewers to vote for other acts with some very unsubtle messages on Twitter.

He said: “To everyone voting in the UK tonight. Please vote for who you believe could be a star next year. It’s in your hands.

“Very interesting end coming up for X Factor. I think the final is going to be very interesting! I have my own favourite.”

Chris and Jahmene Douglas are the only acts not to have been in the bottom two, which based on previous series means they're the only acts who could win the show.

An insider told The Sun newspaper today: “This is Simon Cowell’s worst nightmare.

"If Maloney wins, it will ruin any credibility the show still has. There is a fear of a campaign by some viewers to make Chris the winner in order to give the show a good kicking. But it’s up to the public vote, which is worrying everyone.”

The X Factor 2012 continues this weekend on ITV1 and ITV1HD with Sunday's results show, one more act get the axe, and there will be performances from Pink and Tulisa.

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