X Factor 2012: Christopher Maloney says Tulisa's made him cry

The X Factor 2012 Week 9 - Christopher Maloney

X Factor 2012 finalist Christopher Maloney has revealed that the judges have made him cry with their criticism.

The panel, including Tulisa and Louis Walsh, haven't often been too complimentary about Christopher and his song choices.

Speaking ahead of the final, Chris said: "I take it on the chin. I feel fortunate to be in this position and I try my hardest to use feedback constructively.

"Although, I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t shed the odd tear in private."

But Chris insisted he didn't have a problem with any of the judges, including Tulisa.

He said of the N-Dubz singer: "I know she’s not my biggest fan so it must’ve taken a lot to say something positive about me. She’s into urban music so I’m clearly not her thing. I don’t dislike Tulisa, I like all the Judges."

Discussing the upcoming final, Chris admitted he was having trouble containing his nerves.

He explained: "I’m gutted Union J have gone. They’re great lads. In my opinion, the guys are better than One Direction. Union J are going to be really big. Their harmonies are unmatched!

"I’m really nervous about the Final. I’m trying to stay calm and grounded by rehearsing lots and checking in with Gary. I hope my nerves and shakes don’t come back to haunt me this weekend! I definitely need to work on some breathing exercises."

In an interview with the official ITV1 X Factor website, Chris also hit back at his haters and insisted everyone loves a bit of cheese!

Although we reckon the amount that comes with Chris' performances is enough to give you nightmares for months.

He said: "At the end of the day, I stay true to myself and I love a power ballad. Besides, we all love a bit of cheese. In a toastie, on a pizza, with crackers! If I can help people forget about their troubles on a Saturday night with my performances, then I’ve done my job properly. Basically, I want to entertain people and lift them up."

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The X Factor 2012 continues next weekend with the live final in Manchester.

Chris Maloney, Jahmene Douglas and James Arthur will be battling it out to be crowned winner, while there will be performances from One Direction, Kylie Minogue, Rhianna and Emeli Sande.

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