James Arthur returns home
'X Factor' hopeful James Arthur proclaimed it was "good to be home" as he returned to Teesside yesterday (04.12.12)
This article is from 2012.
James Arthur was delighted to return home yesterday (04.12.12).
The 'X Factor' contestant - accompanied by his mentor Nicole Scherzinger, who donned a Middlesbrough FC shirt for the occasion - performed a brief set in the Victoria pub in Saltburn-by-the-Sea followed by a gig at Middlesbrough Town Hall, and enjoyed seeing his loved ones and indulging in his favourite foods and drinks.
He said: "It's good to be home - just to hear the accent again.
"I can't believe the support I've had and I'm so looking forward to a parmo and a pint!"
Nicole also tucked into a parmo - a breaded piece of chicken topped with bechamel sauce and cheese - and proclaimed it to be like "the baby Jesus".
During his stint back home, James also recalled his battle with a crippling bout of depression.
He said: "Back then I was suffering severe depression. I had just given up on a lot of things, gave up on myself.
"I didn't want to leave the house, I couldn't get out of bed. I always had a lot of faith in myself as a singer-songwriter but not as a person. I had nothing in common with the world at all."
And James can't believe how much his life has changed.
He told The Sun newspaper: "It's surreal. This time last year I was looking out at the sea from the pier and thinking I'd never fulfil my purpose in life, and now I'm here with Nicole Scherzinger at my homecoming."
James will battle it out with Christopher Maloney and Jahmene Douglas to win 'The X Factor' on Sunday's (09.12.12) grand final in Manchester.