Christopher Maloney
Contestant Profile
Birth Date 26 December 1977
'Age 40
Hometown Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
Occupation Former call centre operative
Former cruise ship singer


Category Over 28s
Mentor Gary Barlow
Placement 3/13
Christopher Michael "Chris" Maloney (born 27 December 1977) is an English singer from Liverpool who participated in Series 9 of The X Factor as part of the Over 28s category, mentored by Gary Barlow and was selected as the public wildcard after originally being axed at Judges' Houses. He made it to the finals, where he was eliminated on the first night, finishing in 3rd place.

The X Factor

Auditioning in front of the judges in Liverpool, he battled nerves to impress everyone with a strong performance of "The Rose" by Bette Midler. He successfully made it to Judges' Houses in the Over 28s category mentored by Gary Barlow. However, he was not selected for the Top 3 but was handed a lifeline when it was announced that a wildcard would be selected on the first live show. He faced off against three other wildcards and won with over two-thirds of the public vote.

Dubbed the "villain" of the series, for the first seven weeks he topped the public vote in spite of harsh criticisms from judges Louis Walsh, Tulisa Contostavlos and Nicole Scherzinger, who continuously classed him as "cabaret" and "cruise ship". His popularity also bewildered the public who couldn't see why anyone would vote for him.

Several contestants spoke of their dislike for him and were bewildered about his popularity. Former finalist Carolynne Poole spoke of her dislike for him saying he didn't want to stand next to her for the group song during the first week of the live shows and the two of them got into an argument via Twitter.

Over the course of the series, he was criticized for his diva like behavior backstage as well as the fact that he had been boosting his votes by repeatedly voting for himself, the latter which he openly admitted.

In Week 7, Ella Henderson and James Arthur, who had both been favorites to make it to the final, found themselves in the Bottom 2 much to everyone's shock. After she was eliminated, the public and media turned on Christopher and although he made it to the final he was eliminated on the first night, finishing in 3rd place.

He allegedly turned up at the studio the following day having been out drinking all night but was sent away as the producers could smell alcohol on him and thus missed the group performance. He soon lashed out at both judge Gary Barlow on Twitter and the show for what he believed was a witch hunt against him and said that he had missed the second night of the final due to "illness".


Episode Theme Song Result
Audition Free choice "The Rose" Advanced
Bootcamp 1 Group performance "Use Somebody" Advanced
Bootcamp 2 Solo performance " A Million Love Songs" Advanced
Judges' houses Free choice "All Out of Love" Advanced
Week 1 Heroes night "Hero" Safe (1st)
Week 2 Love and heartbreak "Alone" Safe (1st}
Week 3 Club classics "Waiting for a Star to Fall" Safe (1st)
Week 4 Halloween "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" Safe (1st)
Week 5 Number-ones "All by Myself" Safe (1st)
Week 6 Best of British "I'm Still Standing" Safe (1st)
Week 7 Guilty pleasures "Total Eclipse of the Heart" Safe (1st)
Week 8 Songs by ABBA "Fernando" Safe (2nd)
Motown songs "Dancing on the Ceiling"
Week 9: Semi-final Songs dedicated to people "You Raise Me Up" Safe (3rd)
Songs to get you to the final "Haven't Met You Yet"
Week 10: Final Free choice "Flashdance... What a Feeling" Eliminated (3rd)
Mentor duets "Rule the World" (with Gary Barlow)

Post The X Factor

In 2013, he signed a deal with Tristar Records and released his debut single "My Heart Belongs to You" which scraped into the UK Top 200.

He underwent plastic surgery in 2015 after several years of abuse over his looks from Twitter trolls. In 2016, he appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in the UK but was eliminated after three weeks. He has also appeared in several pantomimes.

He currently runs his own theatre and arts academy in Liverpool, with one opening in Wirral and Shrewsbury in 2017.

Series 9 Finalists
Carolynne PooleChristopher MaloneyDistrict3Ella HendersonJade EllisJahméne DouglasJames ArthurKye SonesLucy SpragganMelanie MassonMK1Rylan ClarkUnion J