X Factor 2012: Louis Walsh predicts Chris Maloney will flop if he wins

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X Factor 2012 judge Louis Walsh has claimed Christopher Maloney will flop if he wins the show this weekend.

Speaking in Manchester today ahead of the weekend's live shows, Louis backed either Jahmene Douglas or James Arthur to win.

He said: "[I want] James or Jahmene [to win]. I have backed Jahmene since his first audition when he sang ‘At Last’ in his little blue suit. I thought that’s the winner’ but you never know the public. The public votes oddly sometimes."

Quizzed on whether he would like Chris to win the show, Louis said: "I wouldn't be disappointed because I think long-term the talent always wins - look at Olly [Murs], look at One Direction - they didn't win the show but they did amazing afterwards so I think James is ready."

He added: "I think long-term absolutely [Chris will struggle]. I do, he's a good singer, a nice guy but we are looking for a star."

Louis however conceded that Chris could have success outside of the charts.

He said: "He’ll never be my cup of tea but I think he’d make a fantastic West End performer. I could genuinely see him in a successful musical."

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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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