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'X Factor' Chris Maloney branded "disingenuous" over cruise ship past

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X Factor star Christopher Maloney has come under fire for claiming on the show to have been too nervous to sing before a crowd after it was revealed that he used to be a cruise ship entertainer.

The 34-year-old was seen telling the judges on Saturday's (August 8) episode that he had "never put [him]self out there" and was so terrified of public performing that it took him five years to pluck up the courage to audition.

The X Factor Episode 4: Christopher

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Maloney has now been branded "disingenuous" by former employer Mollie Daley of Peel Entertainment, who hired him to sing on First Choice's Bolero cruise ship in 2000 after spotting his ad in an entertainment industry paper.

"I was astonished when I listened to all these claims by Chris to Gary Barlow that no one had given him a chance," she told The Sun. "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 board."

Maloney admitted his cruise ship work to the publication, but insisted that he only "did bingo calling and family quizzes".

"[It was] only for a few hundred people," he explained. "It was nothing like X Factor. It's all new to me."

Watch Maloney perform on The X Factor below:

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