XFactor 2012: Chris Maloney 'faking nerves', say former colleagues

Chris Maloney (X Factor 2012)

Chris Maloney is faking his X Factor nerves, former colleagues of the singer have claimed.

The Liverpudlian singer was seen shaking on stage during his first audition, but since then many have claimed it was all for the cameras.

As well as being a seasoned cruise ship entertainer, it's now been revealed Chris also appeared in panto as a Genie.

An ex-colleague told The Sun: “Many of us who have worked with him cannot believe some of the rubbish he is coming out with... He was arrogant and cocky. I never saw a trace of nerves.”

It was reported by the Daily Star this weekend that Chris had also been attacked by his finalists backstage over his apparent "diva" antics.

A source told the tabloid: "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 newspaper 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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