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JLS slam 'X Factor' witch hunt of Rylan Clark, Christopher Maloney

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JLS have said that the bad press and negativity received by X Factor contestants Rylan Clark and Christopher Maloney is unfair.

Speaking to Digital Spy and other journalists this week, the group said the controversial pair are staying in the show because they are loved by much of the public.

JLS

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Jahmene Douglas, Rylan Clark and Christopher Maloney
The X Factor finalists enjoy a day out at Disneyland Paris
Paris, France

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"One thing I don't like is the witch hunt with Chris and Rylan," said Marvin Humes.

"I think it's unfair. Those guys, all they did was enter a competition to try and change their lives and get exposure.

"It's not their fault they're still here. People are voting for them. Everyone says this thing about a 'fix'."

He added: "When people say it's a fix I don't understand what they mean. It's ridiculous. I think if something was a fix the favourite would win. It doesn't make sense to me.

"But I do think it's unfair that they're getting death threats and bad press and things like that. I think it's really bad.

"They're just two guys that wanted to enter a competition like we did. Like Leona Lewis did. Like One Direction did."

The X Factor: Dermot, Ella and James

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Of the suggestion that the 'wrong people' were going home, Aston Merrygold said: "Every year it's the same thing. This is the thing about the show. It happens every year. Someone has to go.

"If people don't vote for them, they will go home. This is how these shows have worked for the past ten years or whatever it is. We've seen it over the years, it's always the same thing.

"There's a campaign that will go on, and people will say we want this person back. It happens. It happened in our year with Laura White."

Oritsé Williams said of Maloney and Clark: "The fact of the matter is that people love them. That's why they're still in the competition.

"There's something about them that's entertaining. They're the most talked-about contestants on the television programme."

Of the shock departure of Ella Henderson, he added: "Sometimes with some artists it's better to come out a little earlier, because it means they can start working on their fanbase sooner than anybody else."

Celebrities at the ITV studiosFeaturing: Ella Henderson
Where: London, England
When: 19 Nov 2012
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X Factor bootcamp - 22/09: JLS

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> 'X Factor' Gary Barlow: 'While Rylan is here, good acts will go'

JB said that Henderson took her exit "like a professional", and Merrygold added: "It's just the things that happen. That's the drama of the show.

"It's a TV show and it's a competition at the end of the day. Someone has to go and it does happen, but it's a platform.

"Ella's been on TV for the past two or three months. If she uses it right she'll have a career out of it. If she doesn't use it at all then in effect it was a waste of time."

Williams agreed: "With Ella, she's got an incredible talent. She's very young. She's only 16.

"People love her. As long as she shows that love back to the fans and gratitude she's going to be fine. She'll do well."

JLS feature on seasonal special A Very JLS Christmas on Sky1 HD next month.

Their new single 'Give Me Life' is released on December 23.


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