James Arthur is celebrating on Monday after being crowned the winner of X Factor 2012.
The 24-year-old put in the performance of his life in front of 10,000 screaming fans in Manchester to beat Jahmene Douglas to the coveted title.
Middlesborough-born singer earned a standing ovation from the judges
and brought the house down with his incredible rendition of Shontelle
hit Impossible, which is now odds-on to be the Christmas No.1 single and has already topped the iTunes charts.
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Speechless: James Arthur didn't know what to say as Dermot O'Leary revealed that he had won the X Factor 2012
After gaining 54 per cent of the public
vote and being crowned the winner, James struggled to speak as he was
interviewed by Dermot O'Leary.
He could only manage: 'Thank you, thank you so much. Have I really won? Wow. I don't know what to say.'
Jahmene, who was also mentored by winning judge Nicole Scherzinger, was
gallant in his defeat, and praised the show's victor, telling Dermot:
'It's such a blessing to even share a stage with such a talent, he's my
Warm embrace: After James was revealed as the winner he was seen locked in an embrace with Jahmene
Big hug: Nicole was seen hugging and kissing James very proud of her contestant
But appearing on Daybreak on Monday morning, James admitted he didn't hear the final name being announced.
He said: 'It
is starting to sink in, I was overwhelmed. That is why my reaction was
so still. I couldn't believe it. I actually thought Dermot said
James added that he is keen to release his debut album 'as quickly as possible', and has already written some tracks.
He said: 'I'm
just going to work hard and get my album out as quickly as possible and
not wait around. I've got a lot of material to go so now as soon as I
get back into the studio I'll be ready.'
So proud: Nicole was seen beaming with pride as she held hands with Jahmene who said that James was his 'idol'
Blown away: James couldn't believe he had won and was seen looking stunned as Dermot showed him his single
As the vote was announced on Sunday
night's show, James looked stunned, before pulling in his competitor
Jahmene for an emotional embrace.
Before performing his winner's single
one more time, James told Dermot he is thrilled that the proceeds of
the record are going to charity Together for Short Lives.
Upcoming release: James' first single Impossible
He said: 'I'm so
pleased it's going to a good cause, thank you so much to everyone who
voted for me - I'm so thankful.'
When the single was released at midnight, it shot straight to the top of the iTunes charts - overtaking will.i.am and Britney Spears's Scream & Shout.
In addition, the original track by Shontelle has reentered the charts at number 13.
The X Factor victory then belted out
the track, before being joined on stage by the majority of the rest of
the show finalists, who hugged and jumped on James as they congratulated
Another person to
congratulate James on his victory was Simon Cowell, who wrote on
Twitter: 'Congratulations James on winning X factor uk. You deserved
Before the winner was announced, James and Jahmene had treated viewers and the judges to two incredible performances.
Former Asda worker Jahmene took to the stage first with his heartfelt rendition of Robbie Williams' Angels - a performance which left the panel gushing.
Massive celebration: As glitter reigned down onto the stage the other contestants ran out to greet him
Get in! Fans in The Victoria pub in Saltburn where James used to play were seen celebrating
Tulisa told Jahmene that he sounded 'amazing', adding: 'I'm really happy you picked that song.'
Meanwhile, Louis Walsh tipped Jahmene to win the show, telling him: 'You are an incredible role model.'
Gary Barlow also acknowledged Jahmene's tough start in life, saying: 'You have been battling with your past and fighting for your future you have done it with such dignity and grace.
'Congratulations another stunning night for you.'
But Jahmene's mentor Nicole struggled
to control her emotions following the performance, breaking down as she
listened to him sing.
VIDEO: James performs the stunning winners' single Impossible
Following the song, Nicole told Jahmene: 'You just bring spirit and hope to this song when you sing I
just feel safe. Your my role model you are like a beacon of light. I
love you sweetie..'
James was next to take to the stage, performing his unique version of Marvin Gaye's Let's Get it On.
the ladies' man couldn't resist a flirt with mentor Nicole during the
peformance, holding her hand before moving on for a kiss with Tulisa.
After the rendition, Louis told him: 'You're original, you are real, you are honest.'
Tense moment: The trio were stood looking extremely nervous before the result was announced
So sweet: James was seen kissing Jahmene on the head on the Xtra Factor
Tulisa made a cringy comparison when she told James: 'I am going to say something to you now, James,
which I know you will understand... I get you.
'You are the same as me. We come from the same place. You deserve to win as an artist.'
who has previously backed James to win the show, said that he didn't
need changing as an artist and he was 'ready right now' to release
Big hit: Jahmene was seeing hitting huge notes as he performed his first track
One more time: James was seen performing his new single to end the show
He told him: 'I'm ready to download your album right away.'
And James' mentor Nicole, who added that she was 'humbled' and 'so blessed' to have worked with him, told the singer: 'I felt like I was seeing the future, like next year when you are on tour.'
The second performance from the two finalists saw them belt out their individual winner's singles, with Jahmene kicking things off with his version of The Beatles' classic Let It Be.
Number one: Jahmene performed Robbie Williams' hit track Angels before singing The Beatles' Let It Be
Moved to tears: Nicole was seen crying following Jahmene's performance
Can't keep it together: Nicole was seen weeping as Jahmene was singing
panel were clearly moved by the emotional performance with Louis
telling Jahmene he had 'so much soul', while Gary complimented his 'unbelievable voice'.
Poking fun at Nicole's now infamous made-up phrases, Tulisa then said: 'That was a jahmazing shasmoment'.
After performing the track, Jahmene was shown footage of his family talking about him, which left him in floods of tears.
He's got it: James sang Marvin Gaye's hit Let's Get it On
What a charmer: James Arthur was seen serenading his mentour during his first performance on Sunday night
Big night: As James sang images of when he first auditioned from the show were seen, showing just how far he has come
His mother was seen saying: 'You have brought a lot of happiness to the family', before adding: 'You're just an angel'.
James was up next with his version of Shontelle's Impossible - his winner's single.
After the performance, Gary told James he was proud of him for not changing throughout the competition, telling him: 'Please take one bit of advice never let anybody tell you what to do. You know best.'
A blessing: Jahmene was seen welling up as his mother praised him
And reinforcing Gary's comments, Nicole said: 'You better get ready your life is never going to be the same after this.'
Ahead of the show Take Me Out
Contestant and model Chanelle McCleary claimed that she was in a
relationship with James and the pair plan to go public now the show has
finished, according to reports.
to the Sunday Mirror she said: 'All my girlfriends are jealous.They all
love him and who can blame them. He’s a babe and the most genuine guy
VIDEO: We are both winners. James pays tribute to Jahmene during winners interview
So proud: James' mother said she was so pleased with how well he had done
He inspires us: The singer's sisters also had nothing but praise for their big brother
The star-studded X Factor final saw plenty of quality acts take to the stage including former contestants One Direction.
The boyband, who came third on the 2010
show, performed their new single Kiss You and told Dermot they
understood what the finalists were going through.
Emile Sandé and Rihanna also took to the stage to perform at the Manchester Central arena.
They're back: Most of the contestants who
appeared on the live shows returned to the stage for the final show.
Lucy Spraggan and Christopher Maloney were no-shows
Dressed to impress: The judges had pulled out all the stops when it came to their wardrobe
Most of the finalists who made it through to the live shows were also present to perform All I Want Is Christmas.
Christopher Maloney who was kicked off the show on Saturday
night was a no-show.
The 34-year-old singer is said to have
riled bosses with his 'abusive' attitude towards his fellow contestants
during rehearsals, before 'storming out' and returning to Liverpool.
Showing them how it's done: Rihanna performed a mash up of some of her best songs
An X Factor spokesperson told
MailOnline: 'Chris decided he no longer wanted to be part of The X
Factor Final and has gone back to Liverpool.'
Liverpudlian wannabe was allegedly angered when he realised he had only
been given one line in the group medley, and 'stormed off' to his
Belting it out: Emile Sandé was seen performing her latest song during the star-studded live final show
Making a return: One Direction who took third place in the show in 2010 performed their new track Kiss You
They like the X Factor too: Manchester United and Manchester City were seen watching the show