Robbie Williams has spoken of his fears for X Factor hopeful Cher Lloyd.
Cher, 17, who was caught up in the row over the elimination of Gamu Nhengu, collapsed backstage after Sunday’s results show.
Williams told X Magazine: "I wasn’t as fragile as she is when I was 16. I want to give her a call but I don’t know if I can help."
He added: "She’s obviously got it. But she’d have done well not to get through and have another year to come to terms with her personal life."
Judge Cheryl Cole has come under fire after choosing Katie Waissel and Cher - despite poor performances at the previous stage of the contest - at the expense of Gamu, who is facing deportation to Zimbabwe.
Waissel’s mother has said she is being bullied and has spoken of her fears that her daughter will be pushed off the show.
The 24-year-old also received flak after getting through to the live finals at the expense of Gamu.
She was surrounded by more controversy when judges decided to save the quirky singer from the boot instead of boyband FYD.
Last year, some of the show’s fans turned on talented singer Danyl Johnson, and Waissel’s mother Diana said she did not want the same thing happening to her daughter.
She said: "There seems to be this thing that Katie has got someone else’s place. I don’t know why everyone is blaming her. It happened last year in a way to Danyl and he was a good singer and he was a nice guy and he was pushed out."