Gary Barlow proud of 'underdog' Christopher Maloney
- Bang Showbiz
- 7 December 2012
Gary Barlow is proud his 'X Factor' "underdog" contestant Christopher Maloney has made it so far in the competition, despite receiving stick from fellow judges Louis Walsh and Tulisa
Gary Barlow is proud "underdog" Christopher Maloney has made it so far on 'The X Factor'.
The Take That singer mentors the 34-year-old hopeful, who is through to this weekend's final, and believes the grief given to Chris by fellow judges Louis Walsh, 60, and Tulisa, 24, has helped make him a stronger singer in the competition.
He told The Sun newspaper: "The stick from Tulisa and Louis has been a good thing. He's the underdog but he sings consistently well each week.
"When I was given the over-28s category everyone was thinking, 'What are you going to do?'. It's the joke category - here we are in the final."
Christopher - who has been branded with the nickname "Christopher Baloney" - is fully aware people don't take him seriously, but has accepted his fate as it is the same every year for one contestant.
He added: "There's always got to be a pantomime villain every year and it's just unfortunate this year it's got to be me."
The Liverpool-born hopeful will be joined on stage tomorrow night (08.12.12) by his mentor Gary for a Take That duet, while Tulisa has urged viewers to vote based on talent and not their love of the judges.
She said: "You are voting for the acts, not the judge."
Chris is up against James Arthur and Jahmene Douglas and the winner will be announced on Sunday (09.12.12) on ITV1.