Sometimes, contestants on shows like The X Factor completely surprise the audience and judges with their voices. In 2012, Christopher Maloney was so nervous before his audition that he was shaking. Then he did something totally unexpected.
Christopher’s performance was so moving, it brought the audience to tears. Watch it below, and read on to find out what the judges had to say about this heartwarming audition.
Christopher Maloney Auditions For ‘X Factor’
The judges noticed that Christopher’s hand was shaking when he walked out for his audition. “I’m really, really nervous,” he admitted. The 34-year-old shared that he had considered auditioning for The X Factor in the past, but always tore up his application before sending it.
Christopher said people have discouraged him from pursuing a music career, saying he’s “not good enough.” However, his grandmother supported him, and even joined him at his audition.
He went on to explain that the song he chose to sing, “The Rose” by Bette Midler, was played at his grandfather’s funeral. He said it “means a lot to me.” The judges were immediately impressed by Christopher’s powerful voice.
People in the audience could be seen wiping away tears as he sang. Christopher himself teared up when the song was over, as the judges and crowd gave him a standing ovation.
What Did The Judges Think Of Christopher’s Performance?
After the performance, Christopher brought his grandmother out to meet the X Factor judges. “How the hell have you kept that voice hidden ’til now?” judge Gary Barlow asked Christopher.
The judges were shocked when Christopher revealed that people had told him he would embarrass himself if he auditioned for the show. “You stole the show today,” Louis Walsh told him. “Nobody else is gonna get that reaction.”
Christopher ended up finishing the competition in third place. After the show, he performed on The X Factor Live Tour and released the single “My Heart Belongs to You.” He has also opened two performing arts academies, and appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2016.
In 2018, Christopher released an autobiography called Wildcard, in which he opens up about suffering a breakdown due to trolling, as well as his plastic surgery. You can follow him on Instagram.