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'X Factor': James Arthur accuses Gary Barlow of 'tactical judging'

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X Factor contestant James Arthur has accused Gary Barlow of "tactical judging".

Speaking on The Xtra Factor, the 24-year-old claimed that Barlow's earlier comments about his performance were part of a gameplan to help his own acts.

The X Factor: The Boys - James Arthur

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Gary Barlow - X Factor 2012 press shot

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"I thought losing my integrity was a bit sharp," said Arthur of Barlow's critique. "It was a bit far, but maybe it was a bit of tactical judging."

During the first live show of the series, Arthur had performed Kelly Clarkson's 'Stronger' complete with an original rap interlude. Barlow suggested that the finalist - who is being mentored by former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger - had compromised his credibility and "integrity" by listening to producers' ideas about song choice and staging.

"I don't think there are that many songs you can choose with a hero theme," Arthur added. "What we picked - I did the best I could to make it my own."

The X Factor Live Show 1: James Arthur

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Barlow later clarified his remarks, saying he missed Arthur's guitar and "edgy feel".

"I missed the guitar but I don't have to have it," said Arthur, who had earlier been praised by the members of One Direction. "It's where I come from but it's not 100% necessary for every performance."

He added: "Hopefully I will make it through this week and we'll see the guitar. I felt good about tonight, it was all right. Obviously [as the] first live performance it was a big deal."

The X Factor continues tonight at 8pm, with the results of the first public vote being revealed.

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