X Factor Judges clash over Christopher Maloney's 'cruise ship' performance

A truce between the Judges didn't last long as Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh’s went back to war over Christopher Maloney’s Live Show performance.

The 34-year-old took his voice to new limits singing 80s anthem Alone by Heart.

But the Liverpudlian’s performance didn’t hit all the right notes for Louis who slammed it as being “very cruise ship, very cabaret."

No-one could fault Christopher’s voice as he showed off his vocal range performing the powerful ballad.

The stage was transformed into a glamorous bar with black and white photographs of models flashing onto the screen behind Christopher and couples dancing to the singer’s rendition.

Nicole Scherzinger opened the Judges’ comments and said: “Who was that up there Gary? Is that Christopher Maloney? Wow.”

In a reference to Christopher’s cheesy quality, she added: “I’ll take that cheeseburger any day as long as it means something to you.

“You do it and I’m so proud of you. [It was a] brilliant song choice and that note at the end was effortless.”

But Louis Walsh wasn’t so kind. He said: “It was very cruise ship, very cabaret Gary. It was a lazy song choice.

“I love the power ballad but it was just a little bit too cheesy for me anyways.”

Tulisa agreed with Louis. She said: “What Louis is saying is that it still doesn’t feel current.”

Christopher’s mentor Gary disagreed with the comments. Defending his act, he said: “Changing you is not the way to go. You are perfect just as you are.”

Christopher, who was given a second chance in the competition after he was voted in as the wildcard last weekend, had tears in his eyes when he thanked Nicole for her comments.

“You told me last week I need to go out there and sing for my life and that’s what I just did with emotion.”

When asked by Dermot O’Leary if Louis’ comments bothered him, he said: “It doesn’t bother me now. It just goes over my head.”

Christopher has been an incredibly nervous performer since coming into the competition and he couldn’t stop shaking in his first audition.

But now his powerful voice has shone through and he’s managed to shake off the nerves for the Live Shows.

Will voters leave Christopher Alone? Tune in to tomorrow’s Results Show to find out at 8pm.

All the X Factor performances are available to download from iTunes.

Christopher’s rendition of Alone is available to download on iTunes after the Live Show.

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