X Factor 2012: James Arthur sails through to bootcamp with mashup of his own amazing song and Tulisa’s ‘Young’
When we realised the X Factor was coming to an end this evening and that James Arthur was the last act to take to the stage, we knew we were either in for a treat, or a massive disappointment as the final singer always stands out one way or another.
Thankfully, the 24 year old hopeful from Middlesborough was of the talented variety and was seen wowing the judges with his singing and his unique story when he had his chance to shine.
Before his tryout began, the wannabe explained that he has had a checkered past and a a difficult upbringing, explaining to Dermot O’Leary that he acted out as a teenager after his mum and dad split and ended up getting suspended from school and eventually put into foster care.
He said that when he got himself back on track, he invested all his emotions into his music career, spending weeks writing songs and his mum explained that he pours all his feelings, frustrations and memories into their lyrics.
The audition was a landmark moment in more ways than one for James, as he admitted that it was the first time his mum and dad have spoken since their split, as they both wanted to come and support him.
James performed a mash up of own song and Tulisa’s hit single Young for the panel, which shouldn’t have worked but for some reason it was amazing and sounded completely new.
It was an acoustic version, with more emotion than we would have thought possible from the dance track and Arthurs’ vocal tone was simply astounding.
The judges were gobsmacked by what they heard and Contostavlos loved the version of her song, insisting that the performance had been the ‘best of the day.’
Take That star Gary Barlow told Arthur that while he always has suggestions and things he would like to change about 90% of the acts he sees on the ITV show, he wouldn’t want to alter a thing about his performance. He told the hopeful he should be very ‘proud’ of his ‘fantastic audition.’
Louis Walsh thought the audition was a ‘life changing’ moment for James, while Nicole Scherzinger raved that through James baring his soul, she was really ‘inspired’ by his song, his singing and his vibe and said that he is exactly the sort of artist she was hoping to find.
Unsurprisingly James got four yeses and landed a place in bootcamp.
Were you impressed and do you think he is good enough for the live shows? Leave your comments below…
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