Soulful singer James Arthur triumphed as 2012 X Factor winner last night in front of an audience of 10,000 at Manchester Arena, securing a record deal and a shot at the Christmas charts. The 24-year-old from Middlesbrough, authentic of voice but charmless of nature, beat Jahmene Douglas in Sunday's final. The winning song, a version of "Impossible" by Barbadian singer Shontelle, will now compete for the Christmas number one slot. Arthur took 53.7% of votes to win the ITV show, leaving fellow finalist Jahmene Douglas well adrift on 38.9%.
Many viewers will have noticed, regretfully, that former favourite, Ella Henderson, shone out as the real talent in the ensemble sing-songs. She crashed out, shockingly, six weeks earlier.
Boyband Union J were the most fun and will surely make a career of it, locally if not globally. Jaymi, far right, was their star vocalist, George their star cutie!
Worryingly for ITV executives and Simon Cowell, overall ratings have halved in two years. Rumours of an overhaul based on a 'back to basics' format may prove accurate.
Lustralboy says: Yes, an overhaul, please. More singing, less weeping, more music, less histrionic backtsory would be a good start.
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