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Maloney winner's song will be "The Reason"

Liverpool X Factor finalist Christoper Maloney has taken to Twitter to announce his winner's single.

If Maloney wins the ITV1 show, his first single will be "The Reason", by the modern rock band Hoobastank.

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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.

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Christopher Maloney returns to Liverpool ahead of the X Factor final in Manchester

Christopher Maloney from Liverpool has made it to the final of the X Factor, which this year is being held in Manchester.

And after so much criticism and negative press, our entertainment correspondent Caroline Whitmore went to meet Christopher and the fans who supported him at his homecoming gig at the Liverpool Empire.

Barlow: Christopher Maloney's nan puts on a "cracking buffet"

Take That star Gary Barlow has taken to Twitter to praise the hospitality X Factor's finalist Christopher Maloney's nan.

Christopher introduced his mentor Gary Barlow to his nan at her home in Liverpool earlier today.

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Just been to Christopher's house! Nan puts on a cracking buffet ! Butties,sausage rolls,chocolate eclairs

Gary Barlow meets Maloney's nan in Liverpool

Gary Barlow meets Christopher Maloney and his nan in Liverpool Credit: Press Association

X Factor star Christopher Maloney has introduced his mentor Gary Barlow to his nan at her home in Liverpool.

The singer arrived in the city aboard the Mersey Ferry.

He'll perform with mentor Gary Barlow at the Empire theatre tonight ahead of Saturday's final in Manchester.

The Take That singer mentors the former call centre worker in the X Factor Credit: Press Association
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