By Maureen Coleman.
Misha B has jumped to the defence of beleagured X Factor finalist Christoper Maloney, saying ‘everyone needs to back off him.”
The Manchester singer, in Belfast this week for Cool FM’s Jingle Ball Live, revealed that Christoper had approached her backstage at the X Factor recently to seek her advice about dealing with negative press.
When Misha B took part in the talent show in 2011 she was embroiled in controversy after judge Tulisa Contostavlos accused her of being ‘mean’ to other contestants, while Louis Walsh accused her of being a bully. Gary Barlow later said he believed the bad press had cost the talented singer her place in the show.
Speaking about the controversy surrounding Christopher Maloney making it to the final this year she said: “When I was backstage at the X Factor he came up to me and asked how I had dealt with it all.
“I told him that he can’t help what the press print and just to keep fighting for his place in the competition.
“I told him to relax and live for the moment, that the press will type whatever they want to.”
Misha said she understood what the Liverpudlian – who has divided the nation – is going through.
“You know what, I don’t mind Christopher,” she said. “He’s very sweet. Everyone just needs to back off him.”
And she said that while she appreciated he was not everyone’s cup of tea musically, she thought he was vocally strong and that he delivered every week.
JLS star Marvin Humes, who is backing Jahmene Douglas to be crowned the 2012 X Factor winner, also defended Christopher.
“Hats off to the guy,” he said. “He gets stick every week but he still goes out there and performs.
“It’s not his fault that he got through. People voted for him.”
Misha B also spoke about Janet Devlin and described the Tyrone teenager as ‘one of the most exciting acts’ to ever take part in the X Factor.
Misha, who recently supported Nicki Minaj on tour, said she still kept in touch with Janet via Facebook.
“I’m excited about the new music that she’s doing,” she said.
“I really think Janet was one of the most exciting X Factor contestants ever.”
JLS father-to-be Marvin Humes says he is already gearing up for the important arrival next year.
Marvin and his gorgeous wife, Saturdays star Rochelle Wiseman, recently announced they were expecting their first child – just pipping Wills and Kate to the post with their big announcement.
And Marvin says he can’t wait.
“I’m really excited and looking forward to it,” he said. “I’ve already got my baby book.”
And he said ‘Baby Marvelle’, as his bandmates have called him/her, would accompany the boys on the road.
“Of course I’ll bring the baby to Belfast next year when we’re doing our tour,” he said.
Matt Cardle has revealed he would love to write material with Snow Patrol front man Gary Lightbody.
The collaboration was first mooted after Matt won the 2010 X Factor and was working on his debut album. However the pairing up never happened.
But the 29-year-old Essex lad, whose second album The Fire recently went top 10, said he would still love the chance to work with the Snow Patrol singer.
“I think Gary is great,” he said. “He is super talented. I love Snow Patrol and I’d love to work with him.
“The idea was suggested for the first album, but it just never happened for some reason.”
If the collaboration does come about, it won’t be the first time Gary has written a song for an X Factor finalist.
The Bangor man, back home later this month for two sold-out acoustic shows at the Waterfront Hall, recently penned a track for none other than Harry Styles, One Direction’s cougar-attracting cutie.
Gary took to Twitter to confirm that, along wth Snow Patrol’s producer Jacknife Lee, he had spent a day with young Styles, penning a song.
Just a few weeks beforehand Gary had revealed that he’d written for US popstar Taylor Swift as well, who just happens to be Mr Styles’ latest girlfriend.
Matt Cardle says he wants James Arthur to win this year’s X Factor.
The 2010 victor, who has had two top 10 albums under his belt since walking away with the top prize, says he had been in Ella Henderson’s camp to begin with.
But after she was voted off in a shock departure, Matt switched his allegiance to James.
“I thought Ella was brilliant,” he said. “But I don’t think it matters that she didn’t win. She’ll still do well.
“James Arthur is brilliant too. He is hugely talented. He has an incredible voice.”
But Matt dismissed comparisons with James, saying they were nothing alike.
“We’re two guys with pale skin who play acoustic guitars, but that’s it,” he said.
Pictured right: Matt Cardle with Sugah Showbiz Maureen Coleman backstage at Cool FM’s Jingle Ball Live.
below: JLS perform as a three-piece at Cool FM’s Jingle Ball Live.