X Factor final hits Manchester

For the first time ever, the x factor final is being held in Manchester

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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.

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