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Christopher Maloney misses out on a place in the X Factor final two

Christopher Maloney Credit: Press Association

Liverpool's Christopher Maloney has missed out on a place in the X Factor final two.

Christopher, who was once a ship's crooner, sang 'What a Feeling' from the film Flashdance.

The judges praised his performance, with judge Louis Walsh saying: "You're the peoples' champion. You always come out fighting. You always deliver. I loved your high notes. Christopher, you've done it, you've changed your life, and you're not going back to Liverpool."

Christopher later performed a duet with his mentor Gary Barlow, but it wasn't enough to keep him in the competition after receiving the fewest number of votes.

During the show's ITV2 spin-off programme, Christopher said: "I'm very proud, I was the wildcard and I came third. I can't thank the public enough."

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Kylie Minogue to perform on X Factor after 'wishing Christopher luck'

Kylie Minogue will perform this evening at the X Factor final in Manchester.

Earlier today, Liverpool finalist Christopher Maloney tweeted that the Australian singer 'wished him luck' and gave her support:

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Kylie wished Me luck and gave me all her support. wow! starstruck isn't the word. thanks kylie xx http://t.co/g8Az9vDN

Christopher Maloney sings 'What a Feeling'

Liverpool's Christopher Maloney has taken to the stage at the X Factor live finals in Manchester.

Christopher, who was once a ship's crooner, sang 'What a Feeling' from the film Flashdance.

Judge Louis Walsh said: "You're the peoples' champion. You always come out fighting. You always deliver. I loved your high notes. Christopher, you've done it, you've changed your life, and you're not going back to Liverpool."

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Rain interferes during X Factor red carpet set up

Setting up on the X Factor red carpet in Manchester Credit: ITV Granada

Heavy rain is interfering with the set up of the X Factor red carpet ahead of the first X Factor live final show.

Liverpool's Christopher Maloney, Jahmene Douglas and James Arthur will sing duets with their mentors this evening on the live show.

You can read more on the build-up to the final at The X Factor site.

Christopher Maloney and Gary Barlow to duet at X Factor final in Manchester

Christopher Maloney and Gary Barlow in Manchester ahead of the X Factor final Credit: Press Association

X Factor finalist Christopher Maloney is vying for victory in the competition by singing a Take That tune with his mentor Gary Barlow.

Christopher, who was once a ship's crooner, will sing alongside Barlow in a performance of Take That chart-topper Rule The World during the duets section of tonight's final.

Maloney has been a favourite with viewers and has bucked expectations despite bookies ranking him the outsider to win the final.

He is up against fellow finalists James Arthur and Jahmene Douglas, who will perform their duets with mentor Nicole Scherzinger.

Chris Maloney "What's the world coming to?"

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Good morning every1, thanks for your continued love,help and support! Its getting me thru this. in rehearsals, can't wait for saturday xx

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Right guys, going back to bed. thanks for all your kind words of support, wish my family was with me right now. na nite an thanks again. xx

X Factor contestant Christopher Maloney today expressed his dismay at receiving online "death threats" from show fans who are angered that he has continued in the competition.

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