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'X Factor' James Arthur "surprised" by win: 'I'm not Justin Bieber'

By and Tom Mansell
X Factor winner James Arthur has told Digital Spy that he is "surprised" by his victory, as he has never "looked at [himself] as a Justin Bieber".

The formerly homeless musician said that he is "thanking [his] lucky stars" after beating Jahmene Douglas to the title on Sunday's (December 9) final.


"I didn't think I'd fit the criteria of the show because you do have to have the full package, and I've never looked at myself as a Justin Bieber," he said.

"But I had belief in my abilities and faith in the set of skills I had as a musician. I've surprised myself, but I have a lot more self belief now."

He also commented: "I hope I have changed the game a little bit in terms of people who play guitar and write their own songs and maybe don't feel they fit the criteria of... X Factor.

The X Factor Final: James is crowned the winner.

© Ken McKay/Thames/Rex Features


[Dermot O'Leary crowns James Arthur the winner]

"Hopefully I've made some sort of history on the show just by doing something a little bit different - I'm not professing to be the greatest thing to come out of The X Factor or anything like that, but I've definitely stuck to my guns and I think that's helped me."

Arthur added that he has "no qualms" about being associated with the show or worries about the "ridiculous" stigma attached to its graduates.

"There isn't a platform out there better than The X Factor," he claimed. "It's all politics [in music]. You've got to know someone who knows someone who knows someone to get the type of coverage you'll get on The X Factor... I had to do it purely because, who doesn't want to be successful?

The X Factor Final: James and Nicole.

© Ken McKay/Thames/Rex Features


[James Arthur with his mentor Nicole Scherzinger]

"The stigma attached to it is kind of ridiculous. I know for a fact that everyone in the industry watches it... I have no qualms with being associated with The X Factor; it's done nothing but nurture me and develop me and it's changed my life, so I've got nothing but good things to say about it.

"Leona Lewis, One Direction - some of the biggest-selling artists in the world have come from The X Factor, and if I can emulate that even a little bit, I'll be more than happy."

On his debut song 'Impossible', which has become the fastest-selling X Factor winner's single ever, Arthur admitted: "I wouldn't have picked it, but as soon as we got in the studio and started working on it I fell in love."

'Impossible' is available to download now and the physical CD single is released tomorrow.

Watch James Arthur perform 'Impossible' on The X Factor below:

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