James Arthur

The X Factor 2012 winner with an edge

Tue 11 Dec 2012

The X Factor 2012 winner with an edge

James Arthur was crowned the winner of The X Factor 2012, making him the ninth person to win the talent show.

Hailing from Saltburn-on-Sea, James experienced a disruptive childhood, with his parents splitting up when when he was young. After moving to Bahrain with his mother, James eventually returned to the UK and spent time on the streets and in care. 

Harnessing the pain and isolation of his formative years, James became an unsigned artist, writing and performing songs in his hometown. However, it was when James auditioned for The X Factor, that his life was to change forever. 

Wowing the judges with his rendition of Tulisa's hit single Young, James made it through to the Bootcamp stage of the talent show. Making it through to Judges Houses and into Nicole Scherzinger's boys category, he then convinced both Nicole and her celeb friend Ne-Yo of his talents and made it through to the live rounds.

James battled through the live shows, becoming one of the favourites to win and gaining celeb endorsements from the likes of Labrinth and Emeli Sande. But then, in a shocking turn of events, James found himself in the bottom two alongside bookies favourite Ella Henderson.

In winning the X Factor James has already broken two records, becoming the first person to win who also entered the bottom two and then having the fastest selling winner's single ever.

Within 24 hours of going on sale, James sold 187,000 copies of his take on Shontelle's Impossible, beating previous record holder Alexandra Burke - who sold 147,000 copies in the first 24 hours of releasing Hallelujah.

If the Middlesborough star can achieve all this within a day of being crowned the winner, then his pop future is surely looking bright.

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