X Factor stars want Kye to replace Maloney on tour
James Arthur, Ella Henderson, Rylan Clark and Union J have all voiced their support via Twitter for Kye Sones to join the forthcoming 'X Factor' tour
Several 'X Factor' contestants want Kye Sones to replace Christopher Maloney on the show's tour.
Winner James Arthur, Ella Henderson, Rylan Clark and Union J have all taken to their Twitter accounts to voice their support for Kye - who was booted off the competition in week five - to join the lucrative string of gigs, which can generate acts up to £100,000 each.
Christopher's place on the arena tour is in doubt after he stormed out of the 'X Factor' final rehearsals on Sunday (09.12.12) after learning he only had one line in the group song, and was reportedly abusive to contestants including Carolynne Poole, who claims he called her "a ****".
'X Factor' bosses are due to meet today (12.12.12) to decide the former cruise ship crooner's fate.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "The other contestants have made no bones about the fact Kye was one of their best friends on the show and they would love him to tour.
"Nobody got on with Chris and after his outburst against Carolynne on Sunday, everyone is furious with him.
"They can't bear the thought of having to tour with Chris while Kye misses out."
Show bosses are thought to be concerned how contestants might get on with Christopher on the tour - which will also feature runner-up Jahmene Douglas and District 3 - and should the Liverpool-born singer miss out then refunds could be offered to those who bought tickets to see him perform live.
Despite the furore, 'X Factor' boss Simon Cowell - who is weighing up record deal offers for Jahmene and Ella - is said to be considering giving Christopher a one-album deal of covers.
An insider explained: "Chris has shown how popular he is by winning the vote on the first seven shows.
"If Cowell doesn't give him an album deal then someone else will - and if you targeted an album of covers around Mothers' Day then it could sell."