On January 21, 2013, a spokesperson for Channel 5's "Celebrity Big Brother" U.K. admitted that the show is giving contestant Rylan Clark special treatment by allowing him time away from the show to rehearse for "The X Factor" U.K. 2013 tour, which launches on January 26 in Manchester, England. Clark is one of seven "X Factor" U.K. alumni acts who are on the tour.
Clark, a controversial "X Factor" U.K. contestant who came in fifth place on the show in 2012, entered the "Celebrity Big Brother" Season 11 house on January 3, 2013. The other contestants are Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt, Sam Robertson, Tricia Penrose, Gillian Taylforth, Ryan Moloney, Frankie Dettori, Claire Richards, Lacey Banghard, Paula Hamilton and Neil Ruddock. The show features famous contestants who live together in a house that is under constant video surveillance, with the contestants required to complete tasks and challenges. The public votes for the winner. The winner of "Celebrity Big Brother" Season 11 will be announced on January 25, 2013.
The contestants aren't supposed to leave the house until they are evicted or declared the winner, so when news leaked out that Clark was leaving the house to rehearse for the tour, it caused a major uproar among "Celebrity Big Brother" viewers.
Amy Childs told New! magazine: "I heard that 'The X Factor' are sending choreographers into the house to teach him the dances for the tour, as it starts the day after the CBB final."
Taylforth then told "The Wright Stuff" show after she was eliminated: "Rylan went out to do 'X Factor' rehearsals for the tour and when he came back, obviously he wasn't allowed to talk about it."
According to OK! magazine's U.K. edition, a "Celebrity Big Brother" spokesperson confirmed that Clark is being allowed time way from the show to rehearse for "The X Factor" tour: "Rylan has rehearsed for his tour on site with a choreographer, escorted by a 'Big Brother' producer."
Clark isn't the only "X Factor" alum to have competed on "Celebrity Big Brother." In 2011, Jedward was on the show and came in third place. And in 2012, Frankie Cocozza came in second place on "Celebrity Big Brother." On "The X Factor" U.K., Jedward came in sixth place in 2009, while Cocozza came in seventh place in 2011 before he was disqualified because of a drug-related rule violation. (He admitted to doing cocaine while he was an "X Factor" contestant.)
Clark was a controversial contestant on "The X Factor" U.K. because people either loved or hated his over-the-top antics and flamboyant personality. His critics disliked that Clark, who almost always sang off-key, had advanced farther in the competition than more talented singers.
On "Celebrity Big Brother," Clark has had emotional meltdowns and arguments with married couple Montag and Pratt. However, Clark has his share of fans, including several "X Factor" U.K. alumni, who say they want him to win "Celebrity Big Brother."