The 34-year-old Liverpudlian said of rehearsals for the live arena shows: "Everyone's having a really good time. We're all like one big family again. There's no pressure so we're all really excited and having a ball.
[Maloney at The X Factor tour]
"It's been absolutely fantastic. We've had such a laugh. All we're missing is Rylan. We just need him back. If you haven't got tickets, go and buy some now. It's going to be the best X Factor tour EVER!
"I've got a lot more movement in my songs this time and they've all been revamped, so it's going to be bigger and better than before. I'm really happy with it. There's no awful critique this time either."
Having faced a record amount of backlash since he appeared on our screens, he said of his 'diva' label: "Those rumours are absolute crap. They really are! Unfortunately, with this show someone has to be the villain.
[On The X Factor]
"I'm one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet, but there has to be a bad guy. I really didn't think I would be, but I was."
Even with The X Factor over, he says he's still a target for trolls. Maloney told us: "It was pretty awful and I'm still trying to get myself back on my feet. It was a bit of a shock and struggle - and I'm still having to defend myself."
Although he's been in a spat with former contestant Carolynne Poole, he says he avoids online rows with the public. "I don't ever get involved in Twitter wars, I don't want confrontations. I'm still getting the death threats and the nasty stuff, so it's not great.
[Maloney and X Factor contestants]
"To be honest, the amount of crap I've had since the start has been absolutely unbelievable, but I try to take it on the chin. There was a guy who was baiting me for a response during the final.
"He kept calling my nan a slag, a sl*t and a prostitute and stalked me for four days! It was horrible. I didn't know how to deal with it.
"If you don't like my voice, then fair enough - don't buy my albums. But you don't need to give me death threats or abuse – or my family abuse. It's unbelievable. It's a singing competition - nothing else."
Talking about his beloved nan, who briefly featured on the reality show, he said: "She's 76 and getting death threats at her age is unbelievable.
"There was a lot of stress with the bullies and stuff, and having to deal with the negativity and lies being printed about me. I try to guard her as much as I can.
"I think we were both very naïve when I entered X Factor, but as long as I'm happy, she's happy. And I make sure I go round and see her with a smile on my face so she doesn't worry about me because I know she does.
"I wish there was some sort of guideline in place to protect people on Twitter. The abuse hasn't stopped and it gets you down but you have to get on with it – it's a struggle though."
But it's not all doom and gloom for the former cruise ship singer, who came third in the reality show final.
[Maloney and The X Factor tour contestants]
He laughed: "I did a radio show this morning and they said I was the most talked-about contestant ever! And the fans that I've got are really brilliant. I couldn't have done it without them."
On his relationship with former mentor Gary Barlow, he said: "I got in contact with him over Christmas. I spoke to him the other day and told him to watch me on Loose Women, and it was his birthday on Sunday so I sent him a little gift and phoned him to say happy birthday.
"We keep in contact loads. He even got me and my mum VIP tickets to his show. He's given me loads of advice. Fingers crossed he'll write me a song."
[On Loose Women]
Talking about his X Factor stage-mate and current star of Celebrity Big Brother Rylan Clark, he said: "I think he's doing really well in the house. He had a little bit of a breakdown in there, didn't he? That's expected.
"My breakdown was at the end of X Factor, but to go from one reality show to another, he's got a lot of balls because I just couldn't do it."
Is he hoping the Essex star does well? "Do you know what, I really hope so, but I've got to back my Liverpool lass, Tricia Penrose. I've got to back her. But I hope Rylan does well.
[Gary Barlow and Chris Maloney]
"They didn't ask me to go on CBB, but I probably would have said yes. If I had the opportunity I'd like to do the summer programme. I'd like to do that and show everyone the real me. I'd be worried about the edit, but I'd have to trust them."
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[Tricia Penrose and Rylan Clark on Celebrity Big Brother]