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'X Factor' Final Two - James and Jahmene: Live Blog

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And after all that, The Maloney didn't even make it to the X Factor final two. What was all the fuss about?

Instead of the Liverpool cruise ship crooner, we have pint-sized ASDA shelf-stacker turned diva Jahmene Douglas and serious-face growler James Arthur battling it out for the series nine X Factor crown.

Who will win? The stats and form would suggest Jahmene is favourite. But the judges' comments and polls are working in James's favour. In other words, we don't have a clue.

Join us from 7.40pm when the final two hours of drama kick off on ITV1.

The X Factor Final: The Judges

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21:40Congratulations James. Best wishes to Jahmene. High fives for Scherzinger. And a big hug to you guys for taking the time to read our blog. Thanks guys! See you back here next year.


21:39And that's all folks. We're done! It's over. No more X Factor. Well, until the tour. And then the saga about the judging panel. And the auditions next summer. And then the show returning in August.


21:38TICKER TAPE KLAXON.


21:37Congratulations Mr James Arthur. He's not the biggest fan of Digital Spy's lively community, but we've certainly not held that against him. And he has been topping our polls every week, so you guys clearly haven't either.


21:32On the positive side, I've got James in the work sweepstake. Score!


21:32Blimey, I'm surprised by that. I had a nagging feeling that Jahmene had that in the bag.


21:31James.


21:31The winner is...


21:31Right, we've made it here together. Let's give ourselves a slap on the back.


21:26That Rihanna performance was the best moment from this year's Live Shows. It was truly brilliant and she sizzled on the screen. As an added bonus, RiRi has woken me up ahead of the final results.


21:23Oh thank the Lord, it's a medley. Whoop, whoop. Flashing lights, fireworks, a mammoth key change, Rihanna wiggling her bum for Louis Walsh. This s**t just got real.


21:16Rihanna is doing a ballad. And she's got her clothes on. How dull.


21:14It's time for the Daily Mail and Ofcom diallers to hit the record button. Rihanna is incoming with a performance that will be approximately 10,000 times sexier than Louis Walsh jigging to 'Let's Get it On'.


21:11So who do we think is going to win? On the basis of the judges' comments, Twitter reaction and online polls, I'd say James had it in the bag. But I can't get the nagging thought that he did end up in the bottom two with Ella out of my head. Maybe Jahmene's done a Joe McElderry and been topping the votes all along.


21:06I can't deny it. I'm flagging. Still 35 minutes to go.


21:03Tulisa tells James that they are kindred spirits. Let's hope he has better luck in the charts than her.


21:01Oof, not sure about this song choice for James's winner's single. It's a cover of Shontelle's 'Impossible'. If I remember correctly, this could have been Cher Lloyd's winner's track.


20:58When do we all celebrate Tulisa's amazing chart performance? He solo effort soared into the crazy heights of the mid-30s today. All that plugging on last weekend's show went down well, didn't it?


20:54Jahmene's jacket is the true winner tonight. Snazzy and sparkly doesn't even come close.


20:51Jahmene's high notes are off the flipping chart. I know Nicole Scherzinger told him to grow bigger balls, but after that performance I'm not sure he has any at all. Crazy.


20:49Jahmene's potential winner's single is 'Let it Be'. Sure it's a Lennon and McCartney classic. But it's no 'That's My Goal'.


20:47Someone has told Dermot that's there's still an hour left and he's filling time by chatting with Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand in the audience. A brilliantly awkward conversation follows. Don't give up the day job, Rio - TV stardom doesn't beckon.


20:42How is this going to go on for another hour? Rihanna. Winner's singles. Dermot's extended pause. 88 montages and VTs?


20:41The fact Emeli Sandé isn't singing 'Read All About It' has thrown me slightly. Thanfully Dermot quickly brings me back to formulaic reality by asking, 'When is the album out?' IT'S OUT NOW, DERMOT!


20:36You'll have to wait a little longer for the winner's singles. It's Emeli Sandé first. Time for a coffee break, I think.


20:35It's winner's single time. We get a little VT about the charity that the track will be raising a lot of money for, which unfortunately features a cameo from David Cameron. Bog off Cameron, this is X Factor, not a party political broadcast.


20:29Dermot O'Leary is conducting his chat with One Direction at the top of a giant slide that he's struggling to stay upright on. Dermot should do all his interviews on a slide.


20:28I hope Harry Styles is going to inform this year's winner about the amount of fluffy kittens that they can look forward to after the show like he did with Matt Cardle.


20:23It's One Direction time. Is that a few screams we hear?


20:22There's no mention of Steve Brookstein or Matt Cardle. Funny, that.


20:22We get a little montage of what James and Jahmene have to look forward to after the show. JLS, Cher Lloyd, One Direction, Olly Murs and Leona talk about how the show changed their life.


20:19It's lucky that James Arthur is a good singer. He's not much of a talker, is he?


20:18Louis Walsh is jigging along in his chair and singing to 'Let's Get it On'. It is both the best and the worst moment of the whole series. It's awesome. But he's also managed to take the sexiest song in the world and turn it into something as sexy as an elephant covered in dung.


20:14James Arthur is tackling 'Let's Get it On'. Am I the only person who finds the idea of James Arthur being 'sexy' a peculiar concept? I'm no oil painting, but if James is a ladies' man, he's given us all hope.
The X Factor Final: James Arthur.

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20:09I've not fallen asleep on our laptop. Honest. I'm just enduring a rather long ad break.


20:04A cracking performance from Jahmene there. Louis has been "moved" and wants him to win. Gary and Tulisa gush with praise. Scherzinger's in tears. Again.


20:00Right, it's time for some actual singing. Jahmene is up first and he's repeating his version of Robbie Williams's 'Angels'. A smashing choice, which suits the little fella's big pipes.
The X Factor Final: Jahmene Douglas.

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19:58We were so busy fretting about the lack of Maloney in the group song, we missed the absence of Lucy Spraggan and MK1. Apparently Spraggan didn't want to do a cheesy Christmas cover (poor form Sprags!). We've got no clue about MK1. Should we start a national search for them? Send out the sniffer dogs!


19:55I really like James and Jahmene and they seem like lovely kids. But they don't strike me as world-conquering popstars. Could you seriously see them selling out arenas?


19:51Christopher didn't turn up for the group performance. He's already packed his bags and gone home to Liverpool. He's probably already tucked up in bed with a cocoa and hot water bottle made by his nan.


19:49Look it's whatserface, thingy and the other one. We definitely haven't heard the last of them. Ahem.


19:49Ah, here come the other finalists doing a medley of festive hits. There's lots of glitter, backing dancers dressed as presents, Rylan on a sleigh. It's more Christmassy than a plate of turkey and stuffing balls.


19:44And the early winner is... Louis Walsh's bow tie. It's almost as big as his head.


19:44We've got some extra treats tonight. Emeli Sandé (she doesn't play many of these types of events), One Direction (we've not heard enough about them this year) and Rihanna (who really doesn't play this show enough).


19:42Tonight we find out who has won The X Factor 2012. If the rumours are to be believed, there is also a drunk Christopher Maloney walking the streets of Manchester. What are the chances of him and his gran invading the stage?


19:40James. Jahmene. James. Jahmene. You say James. We say Jahmene. Let's call the whole thing off.

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