X Factor finalist James Arthur is of course hotly tipped to win this year’s show – the final of X Factor 2012 airs next weekend – but he’s revealed that when he had a panic attack early on in the contest, he considered quitting.
As fans may recall, James was treated by paramedics at the show’s studios in Wembley when he collapsed soon after a live Saturday night performance.
It transpired that in addition to the panic attack, James also had asthma, for which he’s now receiving treatment.
But of how he nearly left the contest amid the trauma, James told the Daily Star Sunday, “I’d been thinking that I would have to leave the competition because of my panic attacks…
“When I had one a few weeks ago I was worried I would have a nervous breakdown.
“It was horrible.”
James went on to say that at the time, he thought he was suffering a heart attack and feared he was going to die. And though he’s obviously a lot better, James did concede that the schedule for the show is “grueling.”
He said, “I’m knackered because we’re so busy all the time. I ¬embrace the pressure and try to use it as positive energy.
“But I find the whole fame thing unnatural and often when fans come up to me I’m just so tired.”
He continued, “I’ve got stronger since my last panic attack.
“Hopefully it won’t happen again because I doubt I’ll ever work as hard again as I have on X Factor.
“The show can be very full-on.”
However, while normally, James has nothing but praise for X Factor, he did reveal that he was upset that he hasn’t been permitted to sing his own songs.
He said, “I asked to sing my own stuff but they said I wasn’t allowed. I’d love to perform my own material on the show.
“That’s why I came here, to make my own music. But the themes dictate what you can sing.
“I’ve been told there’s no place for me to sing my own songs in the final or semi-final.
“I’ll stick to the premise of the show and do what’s asked of me. I’ll have to do my best with the themes and what I’m given.”
Are you backing James to win? Here’s a reminder of his performance last night…