ITV bosses admitted they were embarrassed by the failure of the three X-Factor finalists to turn-up for the show's grand final.
Crooning scouser Christopher Maloney had planned to spend the evening with his nan, clearing-out cupboards and assembling her articifial Christmas tree 'I just plain forgot - sorry everyone' said a tearful Maloney.
Miniscule singer Jahmene phoned show organisers after he accepted a late invitation to adorn the top of a Christmas tree in his home town of Swindon 'It pays quite well, and I get a view I normally don't have, you know more thgn four feet above ground level.
The remaining finalist James Arthur withdrew from the finals after discovering what his parents really thought of him when he was named 'They just missed-out the Rank bit to tease me' wept the singer after reading of the gruesome taunt via Twitter.
All three missing finalists admitted they did not really want to win the show and were quite happy for one of the nutters who lost in the first round to be given the prize 'After all they'll make more than we will based on the contracts we signed with Simon Cowell' said all three finalists.