X Factor finalist Christopher Maloney has revealed that the constant criticism from the show’s judges – as well as the vicious abuse he’s suffered online – has marred and tainted his time on the show.
As fans of the show may recall, judge Louis Walsh seemed to kick off the Chris bashing when he suggested that Chris was “a diva” and the media picked up on it. And of course, after Chris appeared so nervous during his first audition that he was physically quaking, many have said that he’d faking his nerves to win over the public.
And again, that accusation became more of an issue after Chris told the judges during his audition that he wasn’t used to singing in front of crowds, but it was then revealed that he’d been a cruise ship entertainer.
However, when I met with Chris recently, and we discussed the issue, I pointed out that singing in front of a couple of hundred people was rather different to singing before thousands…
And Chris agreed that it was, adding, “And to sing in front of your hero, like Gary Barlow, that was part of it.”
During an interview with The Sun – and after saying that the constant negativity that’s surrounded his time on the show has “put a damper on the whole experience” – Chris added, “I’ve not let it affect me [but] I wish I could have enjoyed it a lot more, you know.
“But I have enjoyed myself and it’s been everything and more that I could have wished for.
“The judges never picked me, I was picked by Gary as his wild card. The public chose me and have kept me in this competition from the beginning.
“The support and loyalty have been unbelievable.”
Adding that Gary was “the best mentor anyone could ask for” Chris explained, “He’s so hands-on, he does everything.
“We work together to plan the songs, he arranges the music. Anytime I need him for any help or advice, I’ve got his mobile number so I could just give him a call.”
As we reported yesterday, it’s been suggested that if Chris makes it to the final – which is of course next weekend – he’ll duet with Gary.
Do you think Chris has had an unduly rough ride on the show? I think he has! When all is said and done, he does have a great voice, and though his style may not be to everyone’s taste, he’s earned his place fair and square surely?
Here’s a reminder of Chris’s first audition…