Wednesday 21 February 2018

Mason Noise blames 'miscommunication' for X Factor no-show

Mason Noise courted controversy during The X Factor (SYCO/Thames/PA)
Mason Noise courted controversy during The X Factor (SYCO/Thames/PA)

Mason Noise blamed his no-show at the X Factor final on Sunday night on a "logistical miscommunication" between the show and his management.

The 22-year-old singer, who came seventh in the show, was noticeably absent when former contestants reunited on stage for a performance of Downtown by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

Noise had cryptically tweeted at the time: "I stand for what I believe in #AWE", leading some fans to assume it was a matter of principle why he didn't appear.

But Noise told the Press Association that he had wanted to appear, but the show had failed to book him a hotel room to stay in.

He said: "It wasn't really a choice (to not appear). There was some problem with my management and The X Factor and then miscommunication logistically so I couldn't get there.

"It was logistics, the hotel wasn't sorted so we couldn't get down there. The show just didn't get back to us."

He added: "I think it must have just been by accident, either they couldn't work it out or didn't respond."

However, a source from the show said that Mason had been contacted several times about the rehearsal and performance but did not respond.

Noise claimed his first thought while watching the contestants perform on the Wembley Arena stage from his home in Birmingham was: "I didn't miss out."

"After watching it, it wasn't a great loss. After watching it, I was like, well, I don't think I would have fitted in there," he said.

He confirmed that he will "definitely" be appearing on the X Factor arena tour, and was looking forward to performing in a "less stressful environment".

He also spoke out against repeated claims that the show was fixed so that Louisa Johnson won.

"Is there a fix? I don't know. I don't think so. I think Louisa deserved to win and that proves it wasn't because if they wanted the best TV Reggie 'N' Bollie would have won," he said.

Noise became known as a controversial contestant after dropping his microphone and walking off stage after an argument with Simon Cowell during the show's Six Chair Challenge about his amount of airtime.

He courted controversy once again on Monday by goading One Direction's fans on Instagram with a post where he described Liam Payne as "Harry Styles' backing singer".

Noise played down the photo as "just a joke" and said he would have to "invest in a bullet-proof vest". But he admitted that messages he had received from One Direction's fans in retribution telling him to kill himself and calling him a paedophile had left him worried.

He said: "I'm kind of worried because these are 12-year-old girls that are saying this kind of stuff, if that was my daughter I'd be scared if she was telling people to kill themselves."

He added: "Obviously it doesn't bother me because I'm a grown-ass man but you get to see how bad cyber bullying can be."

Asked if he thought his original tweet had been bullying, he replied, "I wouldn't feel bullied if I had what he had in the bank."

Press Association

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