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Former favourite X Factor contestant Katie Waissel has revealed she sustained the "worst injury ever" following a frightening food-based fiasco in the kitchen this last weekend.

The reality television star, 37 – who took part in the hit ITV singing competition series back in 2010, placing seventh – shared a skin-crawling image on social media of her finger wrapped up in a bandage, having been rushed to hospital and slicing herself.

Katie had been preparing food when she lost control of the kitchen device, leading to the painful injury.

"Mandolin 1 – 0 Katie," she captioned an Instagram snap of her sore hand, in which the middle finger looks to have been the one caught by the utensil.

"I swear mandolines, or me using one, should now officially be banned!" she added, concluded the post with a sick face emoji due to the gore. "Worst injury ever sustained."

It was revealed earlier this year that singer Katie – who performed on the long-standing talent series alongside the likes of Matt Cardle, One Direction and Rebecca Ferguson – has recently trained in law and graduated with a postgraduate diploma in law, as she plans to sue Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment.

She had previously claimed that she had only recently “found the courage” to perform for the first time in 10 years after having therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Katie has since claimed that Simon amongst other producers breached their duty of care towards her when she appeared on the show.

Discussing her time on the show, the mum-of-one told The Times : "The show ruined my life. There are so many of us who have been so trapped and it’s not fair, there was a huge imbalance in power.

"I just wanted to be able to understand [the contracts] and to protect people from being manipulated in the future."

The wannabe-popstar claimed that she, as well as the other contestants on her series, were not permitted to leave their shared 'house' without approval during filming.

She added that she barely slept or ate during this time, disclosing: "People on reality TV are being publicly ridiculed for entertainment and we have become desensitised to it.

She further claims that she was contractually given just £1 to appear on the programme's live shows, even though that same year saw Simco, of which Syco was the parent company, rake in a profit of £22.9 million.

OK! have contacted reps for both Katie Waissel and Simon Cowell when the news broke of her intentions in January.

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