X Factor 2012: James Arthur accuses Gary Barlow of ‘tactical’ judging

James Arthur has accused Gary Barlow of ‘tactical judging’ on The X Factor.

The singer songwriter faced criticism from the Take That star this evening, after he performed Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Stronger’ on the first live show of the series.

The dad of three insinuated that James had lost some of his credibility already and asked him to retain his ‘integrity’, no matter how his mentor or producers ask him to change.

Speaking afterwards on The Xtra Factor, James implied that Barlow may not have had his best interests at heart when he critiqued him and said:

“I thought losing my integrity was a bit sharp, it was a bit far but maybe it was a bit of tactical judging.”

Defending his song choice he added:

“I don’t think there are that many songs you can choose with a hero theme. What we pciked I did the best I could to make it my own.”

Gary said later on spinoff show that he missed the ‘old’ James, with his guitar and his edgy feel. Arthur said that he would be bringing his guitar back, if he makes it through to next week’s show.

He explained:

“I missed the guitar but I don’t have to have it. It’s where I come from but it’s not 100% necessary for every performance. Hopefully I will make it through this week and we’ll see the guitar.”

He continued:

“I felt good about tonight, it was alright. Obviously first live performance it was a big deal.”

The X Factor returns tomorrow night and one of the thirteen acts who performed tonight will be eliminated. Are you Team Gary or Team Nicole? Do you think James could be in danger? Leave your comments below….

Also, check out where we ranked James in the first of this year’s Unreality TV X Factor charts.

Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!