Angry viewers have branded flamboyant gay X Factor finalist Rylan Clark a ‘freak’ and ‘sickening’ after he narrowly made it through to the second live round of the UK show.
The singer, who received death threats on Twitter last week, was in the bottom two with Carolynne Poole on last night’s results show.
He was saved from elimination after judge Louis Walsh struggled to make a decision and the round went to ‘deadlock’, meaning the performer with the least number of public votes is booted off the show.
However, judge Gary Barlow stormed off stage in protest and many fans shared his fury, venting their anger on social networking sites.
‘And finally XFactor has become a freak show,’ tweeted @theleeharrison. ‘How they can keep Rylan in and send @CarolynnePoole home is a disgrace.’
While @afccharlie posted that Rylan was ‘sickening to look at’.
Many viewers directed their disgust at Walsh and TV bosses, accusing them of putting through a ‘joke’ act to boost ratings and leading to a photoshopped image of the music mogul and Clark having sex together trending on Twitter.
Lesbian acts Lucy Spraggan and Jade Ellis were also put through to the next round of the live shows.
Watch Rylan Clark perform Spandau Ballet’s Gold on Saturday’s live show and Beyonce’s One Night Only during last night’s sing off against Carolynne Poole: