Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Maloney pins hopes on Barlow duet

X Factor judge Gary Barlow and finalist Christopher Maloney will duet on Take That hit Rule The World

X Factor finalist Christopher Maloney is hoping a song by his mentor Gary Barlow could help him cruise to victory.

The former ship's crooner will team up with judge Gary to perform his Take That chart-topper Rule The World during the duets section of tonight's final.

Christopher has proved popular with viewers despite bookies ranking him the outsider to win the final and failing to gain the backing of the other contestants who made it through to the live stages of the show.

He is up against fellow finalists James Arthur and Jahmene Douglas.

The star-studded two-part finale, being staged in Manchester tonight and tomorrow, will see the trio trying to impress judges and viewers with a range of songs in the hope of winning the title.

The other finalists will perform their duets with mentor Nicole Scherzinger, with James performing Adele's Make You Feel My Love and Jahmene singing Whitney Houston hit The Greatest Love Of All.

The songs which the finalists will release as their winning single are a closely-guarded secret but they have each recorded different tracks to suit their styles. The song will be released just moments after the winner is crowned tomorrow night.

Lucy Spraggan, who had to quit the show due to illness, will return to the programme along with the other ousted live finalists to perform a group song. She has tipped Jahmene to win, and said: "He is one of the most beautiful and caring people I have ever met."

However District 3 are backing James, calling him "a true talent and an amazing artist".

Tonight's show will see star guests such as Kylie Minogue, Kelly Clarkson and Rita Ora taking to the stage, while tomorrow Rihanna, One Direction and Emeli Sande will be performing as excitement mounts before the winner is named.

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