Christopher Maloney has admitted that he’s nervous about the X Factor final this weekend.
The 34 year old was a wreck during his initial X Factor audition and shook like a leaf when he performed in Liverpool for Gary Barlow, Tulisa and Louis Walsh for the first time.
He’s managed to mostly conquer his nerves and stage fright during the weekly love shows but things will move up a notch this weekend, when the team moves to Manchester Central Arena.
When he takes to the stage for the final, Chris will be singing for a live audience of 12,000 people as well as millions of viewers at home and the thought is pretty daunting for him. He said:
“I’m really nervous about the Final. I’m trying to stay calm and grounded by rehearsing lots and checking in with Gary. I hope my nerves and shakes don’t come back to haunt me this weekend! I definitely need to work on some breathing exercises.”
Gary Barlow admitted on The Xtra Factor that Chris was worse with his nerves last week than he had been in ages. The singer was throwing up backstage before both semi final performances and the Take That star explained:
“Chris suffered from his nerves this week more than he has in previous weeks. He was actually being sick last night before he went on stage. That’s how nervous he is getting.”
Chris has been battered by criticism from the judges, his fellow contestants and the press and it’s fair to say that he’s had a tough time on the series to date.
He’s trying to rise above the hate but sometimes it does reduce him to tears and he added:
“I take it on the chin. I feel fortunate to be in this position and I try my hardest to use feedback constructively. Although, I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t shed the odd tear in private.”
He did get a little irate with one Twitter user this morning though and after receiving a pretty hateful message, replied:
“@JamieTuckerrr that’s disgusting! u shud be ashamed of yourself. I’ll b reporting 2 relevant authorities. my Twitter is monitored by police!”
Do you think Chris could win this weekend when he goes up against James and Jahmene? Gary thinks Douglas is the only one who can challenge him at this point. Leave your comments below….
Also, check out all the details, spoilers and news on this year’s X Factor final here.