Maloney comes home singing for votes

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Christopher Maloney performing on the ferry © Christopher Middleton / Flickr

X Factor wildcard hopeful Christopher Maloney returned to Liverpool this week to drum up more support from his home town ahead of Saturday’s vote to determine his fate.

Campaigning to become the 13th and last X Factor finalist, the 34-year-old from Kirkdale arrived at the Pier Head on Wednesday to be greeted by hundreds of fans.

He then joined his family and friends on a ferry across the Mersey, where he performed songs, including the big number from his first audition, ‘The Rose’ by Bette Midler.

He also surprised his colleagues at Liverpool Mutual Homes during the visit, where staff have hung a 40-foot banner outside their head offices in Commutation Plaza, urging residents of Liverpool to vote for Maloney.

Fellow Merseyside X Factor act Poisonous Twin, who exited at the judges’ homes stage, are among those urging Scousers to get behind Maloney to keep him on the talent show.

Christopher, who works as a customer services advisor, was mentored during the judges’ houses stage by Take That star Gary Barlow and, on Sunday’s episode of X Factor, was given a wildcard chance in the Over 28s group, along with Times Red, Amy Mottram and Adam Burridge from the rival categories.

Maloney tweeted to his 24,000 followers on Twitter: “Right guys, long day again, but worth it. I’m honestly working my socks off for you to make it to the final 13, don’t wanna let you down. X”

For information on how to vote for Christopher Maloney or any of the other acts, click here.

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