X Factor heart-throb Matt Cardle predicts that wildcard Wagner Carrilho will win the the competition, and he’s not happy about it.

The bookies favourite told The Sun newspaper: “It would be fun to win, I’d like that – but I have a really terrible feeling that bloody Wagner is going to win now. It is a joke.”

The  27 year old believes he has ruined his own chances of winning by taking swipes at the eccentric Brazilian performer, sparking a backlash among fans.

His rant followed a series of bust-ups with Wagner.

He was particularly vocal about the fact that fellow contestants Aiden Grimshaw and Paije Richardson attracted less viewer votes than Wagner, and were ultimately sent home.

The brewing rivalry between Cardle and Wagner apparently reached boiling point last week when the pair had to be separated by studio staff after squaring up in rehearsals.