Monday, December 10, 2012

He's achieved the Impossible! James Arthur is crowned winner of the X Factor 2012

-James Arthur's debut single is Impossible is No.1 on iTunes chart
-One Direction, Rihanna and Emile Sandé performed in the star-studded live show

By Sarah Fitzmaurice

James Arthur is celebrating on Monday after being crowned the winner of X Factor 2012.

The 24-year-old put in the performance of his life in front of 10,000 screaming fans in Manchester to beat Jahmene Douglas to the coveted title.

The Middlesborough-born singer earned a standing ovation from the judges and brought the house down with his incredible rendition of Shontelle hit Impossible, which is now odds-on to be the Christmas No.1 single.


Speechless: James Arthur didn't know what to say as Dermot O'Leary revealed that he had won the X Factor 2012

After gaining 54 per cent of the public vote and being crowned the winner, James struggled to speak as he was interviewed by Dermot O'Leary.

He could only manage: 'Thank you, thank you so much. Have I really won? Wow. I don't know what to say.'

Runner-up Jahmene, who was also mentored by winning judge Nicole Scherzinger, was gallant in his defeat, and praised the show's victor, telling Dermot: 'It's such a blessing to even share a stage with such a talent, he's my idol.'

Warm embrace: After James was revealed as the winner he was seen locked in an embrace with Jahmene

Big hug: Nicole was seen hugging and kissing James very proud of her contestant

As the vote was announced, James looked stunned, before pulling in his competitor Jahmene for an emotional embrace.

Before performing his winner's single one more time, James told Dermot he is thrilled that the proceeds of the record are going to charity Together for Short Lives.

He said: 'I'm so pleased it's going to a good cause, thank you so much to everyone who voted for me - I'm so thankful.'

The X Factor victory then belted out the track, before being joined on stage by the majority of the rest of the show finalists, who hugged and jumped on James as they congratulated him.

So proud: Nicole was seen beaming with pride as she held hands with Jahmene who said that James was his 'idol'

Blown away: James couldn't believe he had won and was seen looking stunned as Dermot showed him his single

Before the winner was announced, James and Jahmene had treated viewers and the judges to two incredible performances.

Former Asda worker Jahmene took to the stage first with his heartfelt rendition of Robbie Williams' Angels - a performance which left the panel gushing.

Tulisa told Jahmene that he sounded 'amazing', adding: 'I'm really happy you picked that song.'

Meanwhile, Louis Walsh tipped Jahmene to win the show, telling him: 'You are an incredible role model.'

Gary Barlow also acknowledged Jahmene's tough start in life, saying: 'You have been battling with your past and fighting for your future you have done it with such dignity and grace.

'Congratulations another stunning night for you.'

But Jahmene's mentor Nicole struggled to control her emotions following the performance, breaking down as she listened to him sing.

Following the song, Nicole told Jahmene: 'You just bring spirit and hope to this song when you sing I just feel safe. Your my role model you are like a beacon of light. I love you sweetie..'

Massive celebration: As glitter reigned down onto the stage the other contestants ran out to greet him

Get in! Fans in The Victoria pub in Saltburn where James used to play were seen celebrating

VIDEO: James performs the stunning winners' single Impossible

James was next to take to the stage, performing his unique version of Marvin Gaye's Let's Get it On.

And the ladies' man couldn't resist a flirt with mentor Nicole during the peformance, holding her hand before moving on for a kiss with Tulisa.

After the rendition, Louis told him: 'You're original, you are real, you are honest.'

Tense moment: The trio were stood looking extremely nervous before the result was announced

So sweet: James was seen kissing Jahmene on the head on the Xtra Factor

Tulisa was quick to liken herself to James, telling him: 'I am going to say something to you now, James, which I know you will understand... I get you.

'You are the same as me. We come from the same place.'

She added: 'You deserve to win as an artist.'

Gary, who has previously backed James to win the show, said that he didn't need changing as an artist and he was 'ready right now' to release music.

Big hit: Jahmene was seeing hitting huge notes as he performed his first track

One more time: James was seen performing his new single to end the show

He told him: 'I'm ready to download your album right away.'

And James' mentor Nicole, who added that she was 'humbled' and 'so blessed' to have worked with him, told the singer: 'I felt like I was seeing the future, like next year when you are on tour.'

The second performance from the two finalists saw them belt out their individual winner's singles, with Jahmene kicking things off with his version of The Beatles' classic Let It Be.

Number one: Jahmene performed Robbie Williams' hit track Angels before singing The Beatles' Let It Be

Moved to tears: Nicole was seen crying following Jahmene's performance

Can't keep it together: Nicole was seen weeping as Jahmene was singing

The panel were clearly moved by the emotional performance with Louis telling Jahmene he had 'so much soul', while Gary complimented his 'unbelievable voice'.

Poking fun at Nicole's now infamous made-up phrases, Tulisa then said: 'That was a jahmazing shasmoment'.

After performing the track, Jahmene was shown footage of his family talking about him, which left him in floods of tears.

He's got it: James sang Marvin Gaye's hit Let's Get it On

What a charmer: James Arthur was seen serenading his mentour during his first performance on Sunday night

Big night: As James sang images of when he first auditioned from the show were seen, showing just how far he has come

His mother was seen saying: 'You have brought a lot of happiness to the family', before adding: 'You're just an angel'.

James was up next with his version of Shontelle's Impossible - his winner's single.

After the performance, Gary told James he was proud of him for not changing throughout the competition, telling him: 'Please take one bit of advice never let anybody tell you what to do. You know best.'

VIDEO: We are both winners. James pays tribute to Jahmene during winners interview

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