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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    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 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 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 64.

    Thing is they don't produce anything ever of any note, they do just take a load of money from a load of stupid kids, so it's best got rid of. These are not people who love music, they don't write anything, and they don't spend years studying it like some of us. You always get some guff about how expressive their interpretation is, but for me I always find their versions theatrical and fake.

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    Comment number 50.

    I find the snobby attitude to shows like X Factor annoying. OK, it's not everyone's cup of tea, but it regularly pulls in rating of 8m+ people. It's a mainstream entertainment show. Plus, some contestants have gone on to sell a lot of records e.g. One Direction. So, for many people, it IS news. (Tip: if it's not your bag, try NOT clicking the link to read the story next time.)


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