James Arthur: I'll be devastated to miss out on X Factor final

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 30 November 2012
James Arthur at the TalkTalk secret X Factor gig

James Arthur performing at the TalkTalk secret X Factor gig

James Arthur thinks the 'X Factor' final in Manchester will be "incredible" and insists he will be "devastated" if he doesn't progress to the latter stage of the competition

James Arthur will be "devastated" if he doesn't progress to the 'X Factor' final.

The 24-year-old wannabe is desperate to get through this weekend's semi-final and reach the grand final at the 9,000-capacity Manchester Central complex on December 9, because he believes the conclusion of the competition will be "incredible".

Speaking at a secret TalkTalk 'X Factor' gig in central London last night (29.11.12), he told BANG Showbiz: "The pressure is on. I'm going to go out there and give everything I've got because I genuinely want to make it to the final. If I win I win, if I don't then I don't but if I wasn't in the final I would be devastated.

"The final will be sick because obviously more people are going to be there. It will be very much like a concert rather than a live studio, so that's going to be incredible.

"I just really want to get through. I feel like it's the last hurdle with the semi-final coming up and it being all on the public vote. It's exciting though."

James is still surprised to have progressed in the competition further than Ella Henderson - who was booted off the show, despite being the favourite, after landing in the bottom two with the Middlesbrough singer earlier this month - but he fears the worst about this weekend's semi-final.

He added: "Ella is world class. Her going was like Brazil going out of the World Cup. I'm more like one of those mediocre countries who goes all the way.

"But I haven't got a good feeling at all. I really think I'm going to go this weekend."

James' fellow 'X Factor' hopeful Christopher Maloney - who has received a barrage of abuse on Twitter over recent weeks, including death threats - admits he is starting to believe he can win the competition, and insists all the criticism he's received has turned him into a stronger contestant.

He said: "I think I'm probably one of the strongest personalities left in the competition now because of all the criticism I've had.

"I'm trying to concentrate on the semi-final. A lot of people are believing in me and I'm starting to believe in myself. But it's so difficult especially with all the negativity I've had. But if I get to the final then I'll start believing in myself that I can do it. I'll start to genuinely think I can win."

James Arthur

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

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