The X Factor has reached the business end of the competition but there is one contestant that could find themselves struggling to reach their ultimate goal.
Anthony Russell has wowed the judges and viewers alike with some impassioned performances throughout the process.
But the Liverpudlian may have pushed it a step too far in trying to realise his dream.
The 28-year-old is hoping that the ITV show will propel him to pop stardom but is worried that his ‘ruined voice’ might cost him a chance to sing for a final place.
A source close to Anthony has told The Sun that the hopeful had ‘not sung a note’ in the run up to this week’s semi-final.
Anthony Russell is hoping to recover his voice in time for the X Factor semi-final
Anthony has been on voice rest and has missed a number of rehearsals
- Noel Edmonds reveals why wife painted his toes before I’m A Celebrity arrival
The X Factor can be a gruelling process for those that go deep into the competition and can have an adverse effect on the singing voices of the acts that are still in.
Anthony has "a real cause for concern" and despite informing his 110,000 social media followers that he was on ‘voice rest’ but had hidden the real truth about his problems.
Click to play
Tap to play
The video will start in 8Cancel
In a video posted to his Instagram, Anthony held a piece of paper in the video that informed his fans that he was, "Back on voice rest this week people!!! Anyone tryna ring me pls message me instead!!
"Need to make sure my voice is ready to smashhh it this week!!! I’ve promised [mentor Louis Tomlinson] I’ll be on mute and I mean it!!! I won’t let u down lad!!!"
Anthony has claimed his ‘voice is ruined’ ahead of the semi-final
- Ariana Grande and ex Pete Davidson sport matching tattoos just weeks after split
The source has said that Anthony has "not been singing during vocal sessions" and had ‘missed rehearsals altogether’.
He is desperate to not let down his mentor, Louis Tomlinson but is battling against self-doubts that he will be the next to get the boot.
There will be two songs to perform this week, with Anthony having ABBA’s The Name of the Game and Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer on his schedule.
The bookies had placed Anthony in the top three, alongside Dalton and Scarlett Lee but his vocal troubles may have made his chances a lot slimmer.
Do you have a story to sell? Get in touch with us at [email protected] or call us direct 0207 29 33033.
X Factor live shows
Complaints about Cheryl’s performance
Cheryl responds to backlash
Bye bye Bella and Shan
Simon’s big announcement