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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.

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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Maloney: "It will be an emotional homecoming"

X Factor finalist Christoper Maloney is in Liverpool ahead of a homecoming gig tonight.

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.

It's the first time the show's final's been held outside London and Chris says it will be an emotional homecoming.

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