Christopher Maloney has insisted that he still has the public’s backing ahead of this week’s X Factor final.
The 34 year old goes ahead into the grand finale tomorrow against Jahmene Douglas and James Arthur but thinks he has an advantage over his fellow contestants because he’s already been shown that the public want him in the competition.
The Liverpudlian was of course voted back onto the show as a wildcard during week one, after Gary Barlow dropped him from the lineup and he told BBC Breakfast yesterday:
“The public choose, I am the one that knows all about that because I’m the wildcard. The public chose me at the beginning of the competition as the 13th finalist, so they have been with me and I am so grateful to them.”
Chris has been called a diva, a loner, cheesy and dated. He has received massive amounts of online hate and even death threats and it’s been claimed that Simon Cowell doesn’t want him to win this weekend, because he has no desire to sign him to his record label.
Maloney has defended himself against the critics, saying he’s just trying to be ‘true’ to himself and he said:
“I have stayed true to myself and the public that are voting me on. People say that it’s cheesy but it’s over 28s, I’m not drum and bass.”
He insisted that he could be original too if given the chance and while much is made of James’ songwriting skills, the scouse singer says he often writes his own tracks too. He added:
“I do write my own stuff, I just haven’t had the chance to do that.”
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