X Factor 2012: Chris Maloney 'topping the public vote'

Chris Maloney (X Factor 2012)

X Factor 2012 finalist Christopher Maloney is topping the public vote, it's been claimed.

According to the Daily Star, the Liverpudlian singer has been gaining momentum with the public after being voted into the live shows as Gary Barlow's wildcard.

Chris had been the favourite to leave last weekend and remains the current tip to exit this Sunday night too.

It's been claimed that Chris isn't a favourite backstage with the finalists because of his apparent "diva" antics.

But fortunately for Chris, it seems that Liverpool is getting right behind him.

A source told the newspaper: "Liverpool has clearly come out in force to back their man because we’re not sure who else is.

“He’s not particularly liked backstage because he’s a diva and thinks he’s the star of the show."

The supposed insider added to the tabloid this week: “And let’s face it, he’s not that great when he gets out on stage either.

“Most people reckon his nerves are a complete act too because it’s funny how he’s shaking one minute and then suddenly he’s fine."

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Eliminated Melanie Masson this week defended Chris from claims that he was faking his nerves.

She said: “He comes to the stage with confidence and delivers a strong performance.

“He’s a strong character.”

The X Factor 2012 continues this Saturday and Sunday night on ITV1.

This weekend will see the remaining eleven finalists singing tracks with a Club Classics theme.

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