Katie Waissel is reportedly ready to quit The X Factor and punters are backing her to be eliminated from next weekend's show
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Waissel, who only just managed to avoid elimination from the show last Sunday, delayed a video shoot for the finalists' charity single on Tuesday by SIX HOURS, with show insiders reportedly considering telling the controversial singer to leave the show.
A show source told the Daily Mail: "She's very fragile and we are very concerned. We are considering asking her to step aside because it is really affecting the show. She would still be able to do the X Factor tour if she is strong enough. Her well-being is our priority.
"She has been in tears and saying she can’t carry on. Producers gave Katie maximum opportunity to turn up, but had to shoot some scenes without her.
"When she did arrive, she was given a very icy reception by her fellow contestants. Katie was really hurt by the reaction because she had been up all night, having panic attacks, and crying hysterically."
Waissel, who has been dogged with stories about her backstage antics and private life ever since her first audition took place several months ago, pulled out of Tuesday night's Cosmopolitan Awards, which all X Factor finalists were scheduled to appear at.
Punters have been unimpressed with the 24-year-olld, who on Wednesday morning was a best price 70/1 (Unibet) to win The X Factor.
The fact that there is yet another story out about the singer has already led to speculation on social networking sites and message boards about how genuine this latest story is and whether or not it is just more publicity for the 24-year-old, who is no better than 10/3 (bet365) to be the next act eliminated from the show.