X Factor 2012: James Arthur & Nicole Scherzinger hit the pub at 9am for Middlesborough homecoming!

James Arthur is home and it sounds like he’s relieved to be there.

The X Factor hopeful has won himself a place in Saturday’s final along with Jahmene Douglas and Christopher Maloney and in advance of the huge show he’s travelled up north to Middlesborough to meet some of his local fans.

Viewers from the town have been voting like crazy to keep the 23 year old in the competition and he wants to thank them for their support, as well as whip up some more votes in advance of the weekend.

James has taken Nicole with him and today she’ll be meeting his family and friends, as well as joining him on stage at The Cleveland Centre tonight.

It all started first thing this morning in a pub of all places and Arthur tweeted his fans saying:

“So excited to be back in Middlesbrough! Going to be at the vic pub around 9am in saltburn by the sea…come and say hi!”

The singer songwriter has been blown away by all the support and added:

“I’ve got the sweetest fans in the fucking world! Real recognise real! Thanks for having my back #SoMuchLOVE xx”

Nicole doesn’t sound just so psyched about the ‘long day’ ahead and tweeted her followes saying:

“It’s the beginning of another very long day, driving to the north of England now..”

Scherzinger joined the boys at Number 10 Downing Street last night, while they performed at the annual tree lighting ceremony and tomorrow she’ll hit the road again as she and Jahmene Douglas visit Swindon.

All that and she still has to help the lads prepare for the final, in which they will perform a number of solo tracks as well as a duet with their mentor.

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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!