'X Factor' finalist Christopher Maloney has hit back at critics who have said he has no future after the show like series one winner, Steve Brookstein.

After winning the first series, Brookstein released and album but quickly faded into obscurity - something Chris insists won't be happening to him.

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“You’re joking aren’t you? He’s got his own talent and does his own thing, but I’m completely different,” he told The Sun.

But the 'X Factor' judges - with the exception of his mentor Gary Barlow - aren't convinced he'll go the distance with Louis Walsh even hinting that Simon Cowell has no interest in the cheesy crooner.

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Louis and Tulisa arrive in Manchester ahead of this weekend's final

Speaking at the X Factor press conference ahead of this weekend's final, Louis said: “Simon is in America working on his own show. I know he loves James (Arthur) and Jahmene (Douglas). But I don’t remember him talking about Chris.

“He is a good singer, but I don’t think he is a star."

But Christopher dismissed Louis' claims, telling The Sun: “Simon does what he wants to do. It’s his show and if he didn’t want me in it I probably wouldn’t be here.”

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    X Factor judge Tulisa during a photocall at Manchester Central in Manchester, ahead of this weekend's final.

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    X Factor judge Gary Barlow and finalist Christopher Maloney during a photocall at Manchester Central in Manchester, ahead of this weekend's final.

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    X Factor finalist Jahmene Douglas during a photocall at Manchester Central in Manchester, ahead of this weekend's final.

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    X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger with finalists James Arthur, right, and Jahmene Douglas during a photocall at Manchester Central in Manchester, ahead of this weekend's final.

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    X Factor judge Gary Barlow and finalist Christopher Maloney during a photocall at Manchester Central in Manchester, ahead of this weekend's final.

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    X Factor judge Gary Barlow and finalist Christopher Maloney during a photocall at Manchester Central in Manchester, ahead of this weekend's final.

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    X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger with finalists James Arthur, right, and Jahmene Douglas during a photocall at Manchester Central in Manchester, ahead of this weekend's final.

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    X Factor judge Tulisa poses for pictures with fans during a photocall at Manchester Central in Manchester, ahead of this weekends final.

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    X Factor judge Louis Walsh during a photocall at Manchester Central in Manchester, ahead of this weekend's final.

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    X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger during a photocall at Manchester Central in Manchester, ahead of this weekend's final.

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    X Factor judge Gary Barlow and finalist Christopher Maloney during a photocall at Manchester Central in Manchester, ahead of this weekend's final.

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    X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger with finalists James Arthur, right, and Jahmene Douglas during a photocall at Manchester Central in Manchester, ahead of this weekend's final.

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