Liverpool’s Christopher Maloney wowed us all on last year’s X Factor from his auditon of Bette Midler’s The Rose to his stunning performances of All By Myself by Eric Carmen and You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban (and covered by our Westlife boys!) but the truth was that he could sing anything. He was very consistent in the contest and was a public favourite as it was revealed that he had been winning the public vote very well each week up until the last few weeks eventually finishing the contest in third place. His close bond with his nan Pat who he moved in with after his grandfather died and took care of her was so sweet to watch throughout the show and the belief that she showed in her grandson’s musical ability and the encouragement she gave him was really nice to see.
To see his audition check out the video below:
Since the contest Chris has publicly revealed that he is gay and that he is in a relationship with forklift truck-driver Gary. The happy couple got engaged in New York last year.
“We got engaged in New York last year, but we’re not getting married just yet, I’m a bit too busy.”, Chris said and added, “I want something big, loud and screaming to celebrate.”
Congratulations to them both!
He said that he never kept his sexuality or his relationship a secret on The X Factor but that reporters hadn’t wrote about it.
He has also wowed us once again (because with a voice like his he can’t really do anything else!) with his first single the heartfelt power ballad My Heart Belongs To You. The video of the song can be seen here:
Kind-hearted Chris also stripped off for Gay Times’s ‘Naked Issue’ in aid of the National AIDS Trust.
He has also turned his hand to acting as Prince Valiant starring opposite Daniella Westbrook in the Sleeping Beauty panto. The fantastic cast also includes Lynne McGranger, Christopher Marlowe and Tony Adams.
I am so happy that his audition has gone viral and that people in the States can see his talent because he is absolutely amazing. I was lucky enough to hear him live on The X Factor tour last year and his voice is brilliant live. It’s clear, effortless and it echoed all around the whole 02. Good luck Chris! It’s amazing news to hear and you deserve it!