X Factor favourite Danyl Johnson has been barred from appearing on TV in America, according to the papers.
The paper reports that the 27-year-old – who wowed the judges with his audition on the first show of the series – had been lined up to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show in the US.
However X Factor producers refused to allow it, saying it would give him an unfair advantage over the other contestants.
Danyl already has a huge following in the US, with over six million people viewing his audition on YouTube.
“There has been a huge appetite for Danyl over in the States,” a show insider said.
“Everyone has been watching his performance on YouTube and the Oprah producers caught wind of him. They thought it would be great to book him on to the show so lined up a slot for him.
“But X Factor producers and ITV didn’t like the idea. They reckoned it would be unfair on the other acts as they are only supposed to be judged on what they do on the show.”
Danyl’s popularity in the US comes after Susan Boyle attracted a similar following earlier this year, following her first audition on Britain’s Got Talent.
The teacher, from Reading, is among the favourites to win the series after Simon told him he had given the best first audition he had ever seen.