SCOTTISH X Factor fans have boycotted a Christmas concert due to be headlined by former contestant Misha B amid bullying claims.
An Edinburgh radio station was forced to cancel the pop concert when fans insisted they would not attend if the “bully” contestant headlined.
Forth One’s Jingle Ball X Factor Special was due to take place at the city’s Liquid Room club on Thursday but was axed with just three days notice.
The station’s website said the event had been cancelled due to “unforeseen circumstances”.
But Liquid Room manager John McWilliams said the decision to axe the concert was taken because fans reacted badly to the news that Mancunian Misha B would perform.
While appearing in the hit TV show, the 19-year-old singer was accused of bullying and made headlines for being “mean” to the other contestants.
Judge Tulisa Contostavlos said live on air that Misha had been “mean” back stage, with fellow X Factor judge Louis Walsh making similar claims.
Liquid Room manager Mr McWilliams said: “The event was called off because of an adverse reaction to Misha B because of her bullying ways.
“I got a phone call from Forth One to say that Facebook was inundated with people saying they would boycott it because of Misha B’s bullying ways.
“I don’t particularly like Misha B anyway- there’s a certain aura about the girl.”
But a spokesman for Misha B said she pulled out because of X Factor commitments in London.
The radio station announced that the fourth runner-up in the TV show would perform at the Jingle Ball and on Sunday night-eviction night- fans found Misha B would be the headline act.
Concert goers took to the radio’s Facebook page to voice their negative opinions of the singer.
One poster said: “Was going 2 go but I’ll give it a miss as don’t like bullies,” while another suggested ticket sales would fall because of her appearance.
Less than a day later, the event was cancelled.
Once the cancellation message was announced on the station’s Facebook page, a fan posted: “probably because Misha B was going to b there and nobody wanted to see her.”
Another said: “Anything to do with Misha B?”
A statement on the Radio Forth website read: “Due to unforeseen circumstances, 97.3 Forth One has had to cancel “Jingle Ball 2011” that was due to be held at the Liquid Room this Thursday.
“If you have bought a ticket, a full refund will be available from your point of sale.
“We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”
Forth One events manager Richard Jeffery refused to comment on the cancellation.