Rylan Clark's X Factor 'witch hunt'

'X Factor' contestant Rylan Clark admits he felt like the subject of a "witch hunt" following public outrage when he survived elimination in the first week

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Rylan Clark felt like he was the subject of a "witch hunt" on 'The X Factor'.

The former contestant recalled his lowest point on the series was during the first weekend of live shows when the public and judge Gary Barlow were outraged that he survived elimination after landing in the bottom two with Carolynne Poole.

He said: "It was probably the worst feeling I've ever had, when Gary walked off. You forget that you're on telly. It felt like you're at school, like at assembly, that's exactly what it's like. And it killed me. That first week was awful, it was literally like a witch hunt."

The 24-year-old singer went on to admit he can understand why some celebrities find it difficult to cope with the pressures of fame after receiving hurtful messages - including death threats - on social networking site Twitter.

He added to The Guardian newspaper: "It was horrible. You know when you read in the papers about this celebrity has gone to the drink and drugs, they've got all the money in the world and they're not happy with their lives. And I used to sit there and think, 'That's a bit much isn't it? You've got all the money in the world, and you're moaning?' Now I totally get it."

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