X Factor 2012 star Christopher Maloney has confessed that stories about his nerves are "hurtful".
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 was also recently 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.”
But Chris hit out at the claims this week.
Speaking backstage at the show's studios yesterday, he said: "I’m 34 and singing on the ship was about six weeks, then I’ve done other stuff for maybe seven weeks, all when I was in my twenties."
He claimed the stories were "negative and hurtful" but admitted: "It’s just part and parcel of the show, but I’ve still got feelings, and it is hurtful.
“I’m still nervous now, and I just feel like my confidence is being knocked all the time."
And Chris, who has survived two eliminations despite being tipped to exit, added: “I still can’t believe I’m actually here. I feel so overwhelmed that I’m here; it’s like my dream come true.”
[cat c="the x factor"]The X Factor[/cat] continues this Saturday and Sunday night on ITV1.
This weekend will see the remaining eleven finalists singing tracks with a Club Classics theme, while JLS and Labrinth will guest star on Sunday night's third live results show.
Browse pictures of the X Factor UK finalists below...