X FACTOR contestant Christopher Maloney has been branded ‘disingenuous’ by a former employer over his audition on the talent show.
Maloney told judge Tulisa how nervous he was after she noticed him shaking on stage prior to his audition. However he went on to stun the audience and judges with a powerful performance of Bette Midler's 'The Rose'.
He told host Dermot O’Leary before his audition: “I’ve always wanted to sing but people discouraged me and said I’m not good enough. They’ve really knocked my confidence and discouraged me from applying.”
However it has since emerged that the singer had previously worked as a cruise ship entertainer despite claiming he had been too nervous to sing.
Peel Entertainment, the company which hired Maloney to perform on the Bolero cruise ship in 2009, had brought his story into doubt.
Mollie Daley of the company told The Sun: “I was astonished when I listened to all these claims by Chris to Gary Barlow that no one had given him a chance. That was so disingenuous of him... we gave him months of vocal coaching.”
"It's strange that he says he was so nervous, because he didn't show a hint of nerves when he was on stage with us. In fact he became so popular he ended up recording an album that we sold on boar”, she continued.
Maloney conceded he did work on the cruise ship to the paper, but insisted that he only “did bingo calling and family quizzes”. It was only for a few hundred people, It was nothing like X Factor. It's all new to me."