X FACTOR favourite Marcus Collins was left reeling after a sicko rang him in the middle of the night to blast him with a torrent of RACIST and HOMOPHOBIC abuse, according to the UK’s Sun gossip rag.
The gay singer — who is mixed race — was woken by his phone ringing at 2.30am on Tuesday morning. He initially thought it was a pal out on the town wondering if he was still out — until the caller spoke. A source said: “The voice on the other end of the line was just full of hate and spewed all sorts of racist and anti-gay abuse. “He was saying, ‘You don’t deserve to be on the show. Who do you think you are?’ and calling him every name under the sun. “Marcus couldn’t believe his ears and he couldn’t understand how anyone got hold of his number in the first place.” The Scouse singer told production chiefs, who asked if he wanted to call the cops.
Marcus refused but told of his fears that the caller was someone from his home town of Liverpool who was a casual acquaintance. The source added: “He has an idea of who it might have been and is going to try to find out if his hunch is correct. “Fortunately for him, he’s no shrinking violet so can take it.” Marcus is the only male singer left in the competition and is one of the favourites to win. He saw off fellow Scouser Craig Colton at the weekend, who was dumped after losing the sing-off against Amelia Lily.