X Factor hopeful Christopher Maloney will be apparently be dropped by Simon Cowell even if he manages to win the show.
The Daily Star Sunday claim that Syco bosses plan to give Chris just three months to sell records if he tops the poll in next month's final.
An industry insider told the tabloid: “Simon doesn’t think he fits in with Syco’s current image.
"He’s found a loophole in the contract which means he can dump Chris within weeks, even if he wins."
The source explained: “They’ll shift him to an in-house sister label, possibly Epic, and then drop him for good after 12 months.
“Simon has his eye on the more bankable acts – James Arthur and Jahmene Douglas. Syco has never signed three acts from a series before, so losing Chris quickly is the best option.”
Apparent leaked X Factor voting figures this morning put Chris on top of the polls with the public votes for the past seven weeks.
An X Factor insider told the Daily Star Sunday today: “Traditionally it’s been said acts who do well early on lose momentum in later rounds but Chris shows no sign of that.
“It’s not certain he’ll win but other acts must raise their game and get fans voting – and fast – if they want to upset him. It’s looking really good for him.”
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The X Factor 2012 continues tonight on ITV1 and ITV1HD with Sunday's results show, one more act get the axe, and there will be performances from Rhianna and Bruno Mars.