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X Factor's Christopher Maloney holds back tears as bookies predict an exit

Liverpudlian crooner Christopher Maloney has received more criticism. Photo: ITV News

Christopher Maloney is one of the favourites to be in tomorrow's sing off after he held back tears on X Factor amid criticism described by Gary Barlow as "uncomfortable".

Bookies William Hill have the Liverpudlian and boy band Union J at just 9-1 to win the talent show outright.

The over-28s contestant failed to impress the judges with his two performances on the show and is expected to be voted off tomorrow.

The Liverpudlian, who has been booed regularly on the show, came in for weird criticism from judge Nicole Scherzinger. After performing Lionel Richie's Dancing On The Ceiling she told him it was like "vanilla, skimmed milk on top of a single cornflake...I don't see much soul there." He hit back saying he did not know what she was talking about.

I'll take the comments on board. I feel like I'm coming on leaps and bounds.

Fellow judge Tulisa Contostavlos told him she did not believe in what he sang, and that she nearly laughed at his earlier version of Fernando by Abba, which Louis Walsh said was like something from Benidorm or Blackpool.

Barlow defended the performer saying the public did not know how hard he was working. Maloney quit Twitter during the week amid "death threats" posted from fans of the show angry he got through to the final rounds. Barlow said:

I am starting to feel slightly uncomfortable with the criticism you're getting

The Abba versus Motown evening saw the other four contestants receive glowing praise from the panel. Favourite James Arthur wowed the crowd with Marvin Gaye's Let's Get It On which prompted the former Pussycat Doll to gush:

You have so much are like hot butter that melts in our mouths."