XFactor 2012: Dermot O'Leary defends Christopher Maloney

Dermot O'Leary

X Factor host Dermot O'leary has defended Christopher Maloney.

Although it certainly sounds as though Dermot isn't Chris' biggest fan.

Speaking ahead of this week's final, the hunky telly presenter said: "People have voted for him, so he deserves to have got this far.

"It's possible to be impartial - I'm as impartial as I possible ca be - but he can certainly hol da note

"I think the proofs in the product. If he sells loads of records then it proves he's a good winner."

If he wins, Derms!

And Dermot added: "I've always found him to be 100 per cent polite and respectful and I haven't seen any of the rumoured behaviour."

Dermot admitted earlier this week that he was expect Ella Henderson to win the competition, and was left shocked by her early exit last month.

“I thought Ella Henderson was going to win. I’ve never seen a studio like that. It wasn’t angry, it was just numb, he said. “It’s amazing how many people were shocked that Ella had gone, but it just goes to show how important it is to vote.”

Browse pictures of the judges and finalists arriving for the X Factor 2012 final below...

The X Factor 2012 continues this 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, Kelly Clarkson, Rita Ora, Kylie Minogue, Rhianna and Emeli Sande.

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