Take That: Clip of X Factor judge Gary Barlow ‘mocking’ contestant cut from show
FAILED X Factor contestant Ceri Rees was "mocked" by judge Gary Barlow after her audition flop on Sunday's show, it was claimed today.
Viewers saw Rees, who has auditioned for the show four times, being rejected by the judges after tuneless performances of I Dreamed A Dream from the musical Les Miserables and I Will Always Love You.
Barlow reportedly spoke to Rees after her performance, but the scene was not included in the show.
One audience member, Ashlei Swain, told the Sun Barlow sat with Rees on the stage steps before going through her handbag which she had brought on stage with her.
He said: "She had her handbag so Gary was going on about why it was so special. He started rifling through it and found her passport. He held it up and mocked her and tried to get the audience to laugh with him. But people were booing."
Her appearance on the show has been criticised by mental health charities and celebrity fans.
ITV presenter Lorraine Kelly tweeted: "Uncomfy to watch ceri on x factor - she's a poor wee soul."
Singer Lily Allen wrote: "they shouldn't have aired that audition, she's clearly ill."
Mark Davies, director of communications at the charity Rethink Mental Illness, said: "While we can't speculate on the state of Ceri's mental health, she does appear vulnerable and it was clear she had been set up to fail."
A spokeswoman for the show said: "The X Factor is open to everybody to apply and we regularly welcome back contestants who want to audition again.
"Ceri has been taking singing lessons since she last appeared on the show and she wanted to have her vocals judged by a new panel as she hadn't been successful with the previous line-up. Her audition was the same length as the other key stories we have featured in the series and Ceri has assured the team today that she is happy she auditioned for the show."
The show employs psychologists during the auditions to help programme makers and asks contestants to "declare any health issues".
TV bosses canned footage of another eccentric performance last year after concerns were raised about east London hopeful Shirlena Johnson's health.