UPDATE: Despite Natalie Bassingthwaighte expressing her concerns that Mitchell would leave the show, he has tweeted, “Hey guys thanx for all ur support. Dnt worry I'm not gunna quit. No way would I let my fans my family or Natalie dwn. Love u all #xfactorau.”
Things got a little, erm, rocky at the end of last night’s rock-themed episode of The X Factor. Over 25s contestant Mitchell Callaway closed the show with “Run to Paradise” by The Choirboys, and his performance was mostly praised by the judges. But Guy Sebastian also brought up some of Mitchell’s off-camera, backstage antics in his comments, saying that the tattooed contestant had been “rude to crew” during rehearsals. Guy said, “You’ve got to have the right attitude to this competition. You’ve got to be focused and to be honest, not be rude to people and have the work ethic.” Mel B was apparently unaware of Mitchell’s attitude and said, “I did enjoy that performance, but I’m not sure about your personality now.” Following that, Mitchell wasn’t standing with the rest of the contestants at the end of the show, and we saw his mentor Natalie Bassingthwaighte rushing off once the cameras stopped rolling, presumably to look for him.
While it was fair for Guy to bring up that Mitchell needed to learn his song lyrics on time like everyone else, was it fair for him to have a go at Mitchell’s backstage persona when it was unrelated to the performance?