James Arthur: 'X Factor is a blessing'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 23 November 2012
James Arthur at Winter Wonderland

James Arthur at Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland

James Arthur claims he is "blessed" to be part of the 'X Factor' process, despite not always enjoying the attention the show brings

James Arthur is "blessed" to be in 'X Factor'.

The guitar-playing contestant - who suffered with panic attacks earlier on in the talent show - admits he has struggled with fame since he started on the show, but is still delighted to be a part of the process.

Speaking at the launch of Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland in London yesterday (22.11.12), he exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "I still struggle with the photo thing to be honest, when people want photos, but I've always had that.

"But I do feel really blessed, it's been an amazing journey so far. I'm really appreciative of everything that's happened."

James recently revealed he was devastated to have made it through to the quarter finals of the show at the expense of Ella Henderson, who was voted off the competition on Sunday (18.11.12).

He said: "It hasn't really sunk in, at some point I expected to be in the bottom two, but never did I think I'd be against someone like Ella.

"She should've been in the final - I hate the fact that it's me that went through at the expense of Ella. But I'm obviously encouraged by the fact that I got the public vote.

"I think it should have been her out of the bottom two - it should have been me and someone else."

James Arthur

The singer and winner of the ninth series of The X Factor takes his 'The Story So Far' tour on the road.

Bournemouth International Centre

Thu 30 Nov

£32.45–£44.65 / 0844 576 3000

Genting Arena, Birmingham

Sat 25 Nov

£33.35–£44.35 / 0844 338 8000

Motorpoint Arena Nottingham

Mon 27 Nov

£29.50–£39.50 / 0843 373 3000

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