James Arthur wins X Factor final


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James Arthur has won the X Factor final, beating Jahmene Douglas to win a recording contract.

Arthur, 24, said: "I don't believe it... I've just got to say thank you to the people who voted for me."

He sang a rendition of Marvin Gaye's Let's Get It On on Sunday's show, as well as his choice of winner's single, Shontelle's Impossible.

Douglas, 21, said it was "a blessing to share the stage with such a talent" and advised him to "use it wisely".

Arthur hails from Saltburn by the Sea in north Yorkshire.

He has been gigging with his guitar in his local area for the last few years, writing his own songs and rapping.

Arthur only auditioned for this year's show at the last minute after his friend told him he had nothing to lose.

Judge Nicole Scherzinger, who mentored both Arthur and Douglas, described Arthur as "a fighter".

"He wanted this, he willed this to happen. He deserves this so much.

"And Jahmene - I'm so proud of both my boys."

Arthur's single can be downloaded from the internet and is available in shops from Wednesday, an X Factor spokesman said.

All profits from sales of the single will go to the charity Together for Short Lives, which supports children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions.

Arthur said in a statement after the show: "I am absolutely overwhelmed to have won The X Factor. I am lost for words.

"I love the song and am so glad that proceeds of the single will be going to such a great cause."

James Arthur Arthur only decided to audition at the last minute

Earlier this week, Scherzinger told the BBC's Newsbeat website she plans to work with both her acts when they bring out their own music.

The former Pussycat Doll said Douglas and Arthur had helped make this year's competition.

"They've been a huge blessing," she told Newsbeat.

"I think it brings so much more credibility and integrity to the show."

Fellow judge Louis Walsh told Scherzinger: "You've been the best mentor ever on the X Factor. You've got two acts in the final and you've worked so hard."

For the first time in the X Factor's nine-year history, the live finals were staged outside London.

The two final shows - the first of which aired on Saturday night - were held at Manchester Central.

Chris Maloney, mentored by Gary Barlow, bowed out at the end of Saturday's show.

Famous faces in the audience on Sunday included Manchester United and Manchester City players following United's 3-2 victory over their neighbours in Sunday's derby match.

United's Rio Ferdinand spoke briefly to host Dermot O'Leary after suffering a cut eye as he appeared to be struck by an object thrown during the celebrations at the end of the match.

One Direction, Rihanna and Emeli Sande performed on Sunday night.

The X-Factor has struggled in the ratings this year, often being beaten by its BBC One rival Strictly Come Dancing.

However, last night an average of 9.8m watched the quarter-final of the dance show, compared with 11.1m tuning in to the results final of X Factor.

In its ninth series, the singing competition's 2012 final peaked at 12.5m viewers on ITV1, totalling 12.8m including viewers watching on ITV1+1, a service which launched in January 2011.

At Strictly's peak, 10.9m viewers tuned in on BBC 1 as Westlife star Nicky Byrne was voted off, leaving Denise Van Outen, Olympian Louis Smith, actresses Dani Harmer and Lisa Riley and Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh to dance in the semi-final.

Since 2010's X Factor final, which saw Matt Cardle triumph over Rebecca Ferguson, records show a loss of 4.91m viewers, down from 17.7m.


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  • rate this

    Comment number 92.

    I thought here we go again ... another talentless singer but hey this lad really is different and original. Just give him one chance and you will see what I mean. Saltburn folk must be proud.

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    Comment number 91.

    Who is he? Never heard of him.

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    Comment number 90.

    Thank goodness the fiX Factor is over.

    Serious lack of talent when there is better in the UK.

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    Comment number 89.

    This http://www.flixxy.com/scala-electric-string-talent.htm was as good as it got, and, crashed the economy.

    Our future is in the stars, but certainly not x-factor unless someone sorts out the equations and determines Pi to Hth.

    Apparently the next hot thing is Appl's i~pood.

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    Comment number 88.

    Will people stop using the term superstar for silly little acts. Diana Ross is a superstar, Elvis was a superstar. One Direction are not, Little Mix were called superstars the other week because they have had 2 singles in the UK! Prerelease. if yo buy into the X Factor hype then you are extremely sad and gullible and yes I do wAch it as it is funny.

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    Comment number 87.

    i would not pay the rate of a mobile call or text to any of these awful programmes, i would rather my money went to cancer research or help the aged, not some snotty nosed kid who will just be a 1 day wonder!!!!!!

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    Comment number 86.

    I was scrolling down the 'News' and this Sun standard garbage was there. Get a grip.

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    Comment number 85.

    64. thelostdot - Did you actually see who won? If so you'll realise you're talking absolute rubbish! He does write his own stuff, he has gigged for years and his own interpretations of other's tunes were great and very different.
    Try not to jump on the band wagon, watch and make up your own mind, and don't be bitter because someone has succeeded where you haven't.

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    Comment number 84.

    Unlike you, I don't care much for who the CEO is and what their take home pay is! I am just happy that a worthwhile charity will benefit
    And that's the problem this day and age. People don't think for themselfs. You really think some poor kids are going to get more than a few hundred quid from that "charitable donation"?

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    Comment number 83.


    Never watched it.

    Why is being paraded as 'News'? We'll have the details of the soap opera sagas next.

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    Comment number 82.


    I am aware of the fact that proceedings from the single will go to charity, but it’s the whole process that is the issue, the x-factor and other shows keep exploiting people dumbing the nation down, making huge sums of money, Whilst blocking the way for charities to promote themselves, even in collaboration aka a "x-factor run by charities" and raise some very much needed capital

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    Comment number 81.

    I would say it was all style and no substance...if there was any style.

    #73 Spot on - it was worse than crap.

    #76 You gotta be takin' the mick.

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    Comment number 80.

    @70 BootRap

    Yeah, who's the CEO and what's their take home pay?
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    Unlike you, I don't care much for who the CEO is and what their take home pay is! I am just happy that a worthwhile charity will benefit from the proceeds of the single released!

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    Comment number 79.

    Shows like this turn minds to mush. Good, I fully support them, it's a tough job market these days; I prefer my competition be mushminds.

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    Comment number 78.

    Comments read with interest. Have to agree that the lad can sing, although I take exception to some of the exaggerated plaudits heaped upon him by his adorning judges. It remains to be seen if he is a one hit wonder, but it concerns me that the show provides a shortcut to the top, followed by an even quicker way back to obscurity!

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    Comment number 77.

    My personal favourite was Jahmene, but well done to James Arthur! We enjoy watching x factor as a family every year. So many negative comments on here, but 'long live x factor' I say :-)

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    Comment number 76.

    Amazingly talented young man and well deserved success. I'm old enough to remember Opportunity Knocks and New Faces and I do know my music. Wasn't going to watch the X Factor this year but James Arthur's performances were mesmerising. Superstar !!! Would you knock the emergence of a new soccer sensation?

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    Comment number 75.

    thats a really good comment Matthew, but lets face it, chavs are not going to donate to charity!!!!!!! and just how much of the charitable money goes into Simon Cowell's pocket, big stars do not do things for nothing!!!!and only the chavs will buy the single, out of their benefits money, so the tax payer losers out yet again!!!!!!
    you mean Manchester????? the ship that died of shame lol

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    Comment number 73.

    62. justicevjustice
    oh come back the 80's, when music was actually worth listening to!!!!!!
    I remember thinking how rubbish music was in the 80's, especially after punk. Early new wave was interesting and innovative, but overall mainstream music from the 80's was pretty bad and that didn't improve until the Madchester scene kicked off.


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