Nervous Christopher Maloney and his lovely little nan almost bring a tear to the eyes of the X Factor judges! (VIDEO)
Christopher Maloney was the big X Factor closing act tonight, in the slot reserved for the act that always brings tears to viewers’ eyes and leaves a lasting impression on fans of the show.
The 34 singer revealed that he has loved singing for years but of course, has never done it publicly before, because he struggles with self esteem issues. He works as a customer service assistant in a call centre and thought that’s where he would spend his days, until he took to the stage and received a pretty amazing response from the X Factor panel.
Speaking to producers beforehand, the Scouse singer admitted that he has downloaded a form to apply for the ITV show many times over the years but always ends up binning it and pulling out, believing that he didn’t stand a chance of making it through.
This year though his Nan convinced him to ignore those who have knocked his confidence over the years and told him to get himself down to the tryouts, which were presided over by Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh, Tulisa and guest judge Geri Halliwell.
Maloney revealed that the song he had chosen to perform, was one very close to his heart, as it had been played at his grandfather’s funeral and was his grandmother’s favourite tune. With incredibly shaky hands that seemed almost unable to keep his mic in the air, Chris then delivered an accomplished rendition of The Rose by Bette Midler.
Gary looked on in surprise and the judges seemed stunned by his talent, with Tulisa giving Chris her doe eyed look throughout the song.
After the performance Barlow asked how he had managed to keep his voice hidden for all of his life? Louis Walsh insisted that the talented performer had totally ‘stolen the show’, while Geri added that she was sure he was ‘going to be a star.’
Tulisa thanked Chris for taking the leap and singing for them and assured the shaky singer that his Granddad would be very ‘proud’ of the performance he had just delivered in his memory.
They brought his lovely little nan out on stage and as she cuddled him, the panel rained praise and positivity on her talented grandson.
Unsurprisingly Chris won four yeses from the judges and sailed through to bootcamp round. If he makes it as far as judges houses, he will be mentored by Gary Barlow, who will be assisted by Cheryl Cole when he picks his final four overs contestants next week.
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