Diana Vickers is at the centre of media coverage after she was seen screaming and shouting at the camera on ITV2's Xtra Factor just days before she was deemed too sick to sing on last week's live show.
Fans are reportedly outraged with the clip, which was shown following last Saturday's X Factor. Viewers were told that the 17-year-old would not be able to sing because she was suffering from laryngitis.
According to the Daily Mirror, speculation has arisen that the real reason she missed the show was because "she would have struggled with Mariah Carey week as the songs do not suit her voice."
In a statement, Diana says: "Up until Saturday afternoon, I was still hoping and praying that I would be well enough to perform but the producers spoke to the doctor who made it clear that I could risk long-term damage to my voice."
Diana was automatically put through to next week's show while fellow contestant Laura White was voted off, sparking anger among fans. Over 33,000 people have since signed an online petition to bring Laura, who was an early favourite, back to the competition. "Laura White was tactically removed from the X Factor 2008!" the petition claims.
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