James Arthur wins 'The X Factor'


This article is from 2012.

James Arthur

James Arthur

James Arthur has beaten rival Jahmene Douglas and won 'The X Factor' 2012 after wowing the public with his rendition of 'Impossible', which was originally by singer Shontelle, and is his debut single

James Arthur has been crowned the winner of 'The X Factor' 2012.

The Middlesbrough native - who was a firm favourite from the beginning of the series - was completely over-whelmed by his victory tonight (09.12.12) and struggled to speak when told the news by presenter Dermot O'Leary.

Asked how it felt to win the series, he simply said: "Thank you so much. Have I really. I don't know what to say."

Runner-up Jahmene Douglas graciously accepted his defeat and congratulated his rival, saying it was a "blessing to share the stage with such a talent."

The talented 24-year-old singer - who received the highest number of public votes - performed his debut single 'Impossible' for the second time, which was originally released by R&B singer Shontelle, immediately after winning and was joined on stage by One Direction, who helped him celebrate his achievement.

Earlier on tonight's finale, his proud mentor Nicole Scherzinger, who also mentored Jahmene, praised James and predicted he will have a hugely successful career.

She said: "James, you proved tonight anything is possible. James, you are never going back to that bedsit. James, your life is never going to be the same after this."

James fought back tears upon being cheered by the 10,000 strong live audience at the finale in Manchester.

Before taking to the stage, he said: "I would sum up this whole experience as being the best time of my life... Winning the 'X Factor' would be the ultimate achievement, making my family proud. It feels like I could wake up any moment and it would be a dream."

This article is from 2012.

James Arthur

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

KOKO, London NW1

Tue 20 Dec

£25 / 0870 432 5527

O2 Institute, Birmingham

Wed 21 Dec

£23.50 / 0844 844 0444

O2 Ritz, Manchester

Thu 22 Dec

£23.50 / 0161 236 3234


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