At this point, a good many people in Britain seem to be nervously shaking in their boots at the thought of something that did not really seem possible a couple of months ago: Christopher Maloney actually winning “The X Factor” UK. He was voted into the live shows by the voting public, and he has outlasted many favorites (including Ella Henderson) despite performing songs that have made him the target of Twitter hate and of the judges’ feedback.
So despite claims that contestants have been discouraged about saying some negative things about Maloney in fear that it could cause a sympathy vote, some of the members of the recently-eliminated Union J are speaking out on the subject. According to The Independent, Jaymi Hensley is not out to trash the man for what is a great singing voice; however, he just feels as though someone like James Arthur is the better winner for the show given the artistry he has shown week in and week out:
“I don’t think Chris would be a bad winner, but this year’s been a massive year for talent, incredible, and, not saying he’s not credible, but I think there’s been a difference this year to other years. A lot of years the show gets people saying it’s a karaoke competition, it’s just people singing covers.
“I think the Ellas and the Jameses have really made this show. It’s about the music this year and I think it would be a shame if James didn’t nail it or if Jahmene, because of his voice, doesn’t smash it.”
The real strength to Christopher thus far seems to be that he is singing covers of classic tunes, which is something that voters of all ages can relate to; meanwhile, James has often performed songs that are more current, but not all viewers may be familiar with. This is ultimately what could make the final round of this competition so interesting. Of course, it is also possible that all of this could be a moot point given that Jahmene Douglas, like Christopher, has never been in the bottom two. He could be leading the competition by a wide margin.
Do you think that a Christopher win would be bad for the show, or do you think it is the right choice if he is truly what the public wants? If you want to see what Rylan Clark’s rumored post-“X Factor” UK gig could be, you can find out over here.