The debate over whether The X Factor has had its day or not was, despite the best efforts of Rylan Clark, the focal point of this year's series. The combination of lacklustre contestants, dwindling ratings and a weak judging panel (bar Nicole, obvs) finally appeared to burst the show's bubble; but has the victory of James 'The Credible One' Arthur revived it at the last minute?
Of course, making such a decision based on his victory single - a cover of Shontelle's 2010 hit 'Impossible' - is a futile exercise. The track, which was once sidelined for former finalist Cher Lloyd, has been drained of its R&B sassiness and re-worked into a swooping ballad, saved only by Arthur's quivering and gutsy vocal. Fortunately for him, at this stage that's the only bit that matters.