Christopher Maloney is to duet with Gary Barlow if he progresses to the 'X Factor' final.

The former cruise ship crooner is expected to team up with his mentor if he makes it to the grand final in Manchester on December 9 - because no other big-name stars are keen to perform with the wannabe, who has been dubbed "cheesy" by Gary's fellow judges Tulisa and Nicole Scherzinger throughout the competition.

An insider told The Sun newspaper: "Christopher has never been in the bottom two before and bosses are working on the likelihood that he will be in the final -- and this has caused a real headache for them.

"In the past, the acts who have reached the final have had some sort of star quality or credibility which has attracted big-name talent wanting to perform with them. But unfortunately that is just not the case with Christopher.

"He has got a good voice -- but it is fair to say he is probably the uncoolest singer to have ever got this far.

"So producers have lined up Gary to sing with him instead. Of course Gary is a massive star with hits including 'Could It Be Magic' and Christopher will still be thrilled to sing with his mentor."

Last night (29.11.12), Christopher - who has been slammed by so-called fans of the competition on Twitter in recent weeks - revealed at a secret TalkTalk 'X Factor' gig in central London that his dream collaboration in the final would be with the Take That singer, and he "can't wait" for this weekend's semi-final.

Speaking about his forthcoming performance on Saturday's (01.12.12) show, he exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "Gary's really been helping me out and we've got something great planned for this weekend. I can't wait."

Christopher took to the stage to perform Mariah Carey's 'Hero' and Cutting Crew's '(I Just) Died In Your Arms' followed by Union J - who admitted they would love to duet with their mentor Louis Walsh in the final, even though the music mogul isn't a singer - as they did Taylor Swift's 'Love Story' and Snow Patrol's 'Run'.

Jahmene Douglas wowed the crowd with renditions of John Lennon's 'Imagine' and Robbie Williams' hit 'Angels' before James Arthur brought the evening to a fitting conclusion with Adele's 'Hometown Glory' followed by a stunning cover of LMFAO's 'I'm Sexy and I Know It'.

It was also confirmed there will not be a sing-off on Sunday's (02.12.12) semi-final, and the act with the lowest vote will go home.