Christopher Maloney has revealed that he thinks the X Factor judges picked on him during the most recent series of the show, because they saw him as a huge threat to their own acts.
The Liverpudlian star was branded a ‘diva’ by Louis Walsh, while Nicole Scherzinger and Tulisa agreed and as a result he suffered a lot of negative press attention throughout the competition. In an interview with ‘7Waves’ Radio Chris said the panel were trying to sabotage him and his chances of winning and explained:
“It’s a competition, I was seen as a potential threat by all the judges and you could see that throughout the show. I was getting 40-50% of all the public vote right up until week eight, so for seven weeks I was topping the vote, walking it.”
Maloney did top the public vote for most of the competition, but started to lose support during the last three weeks. He thinks the bad press was taking effect by then and continued:
“I think James and Ella being in the bottom two started to sway things and also the orchestrated press that was involved.”
“I didn’t give any reason for people to say I was a diva. It’s just a shame really.”
“It was quite difficult for me and my family as well.”
Maloney doesn’t think he would have won the show anyway though, even if he had won the judges’ support. He said:
“Hand on my heart, I didn’t think I would win it but not because James or Jahmene would be that good, but to be honest with you, I wouldn’t have thought that a wild card would ever win the show. Looking back at it now, I probably wouldn’t have won it anyway.”
Throughout the series of the singing competition, various contestants criticised Christopher for being aloof and not getting involved with he rest of the group.
Kye Sones said he very much kept himself to himself and Maloney thinks that was a lot to do with the age difference between him and the rest of the hopefuls. He said:
“I did get involved but I’m a little bit older than the rest of them and you know, I had a lot more to prove. I really wanted to do my best, get my head down, do myself proud and do Liverpool proud and the people that were supporting me. It’s not about getting involved, I just wanted to learn my songs.”
“I didn’t want to have onesie parties or be involved in anything like that, only because I wanted to get my head round it. ”
Chris is currently performing on The X Factor tour and last night the acts put on their first show in Liverpool.
What do you think of his comments? Was Chris picked on because he was a ‘threat’ or did he deserve what he got? Leave your comments below…