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Jahmene & The X Factor

The X Factor returns for its third live show this weekend. Swindon's Jahmene Douglas is in the running. He says he's in a 'happy place'.

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X Factor star ready to shine!

ITV1's X Factor is back on tonight - and Swindon's Jahmene Douglas is ready for the live show. He talked to our reporter Divya Kohli.

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X Factor judges quizzed

A new season of The X Factor starts on ITV1 on Saturday. Our reporter Divya Kohli interviewed the judges for some backstage gossip.

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James thanks fans and mentor for 'dream come true'

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Thank you SO much to everyone that voted. This honestly is a dream come true.

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And of course, a massive thank you to the best mentor @nicolescherzy ! Could not of done this without you. You are an inspiration x

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Jahmene to James 'You're so amazing'

X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger with finalists James Arthur and Jahmene Douglas Credit: PA

An "overwhelmed" James Arthur will try to top the Christmas charts after being crowned the X Factor winner.

The 24-year-old singer, from Saltburn, near Middlesbrough, beat Jahmene Douglas to take the title in front of a 10,000-strong audience at Manchester Arena last night.

Millions more were watching the ITV show live on television as a stunned Arthur was lost for words as the result was announced.

Asked what was going through his mind, he said: "I don't know. Thank you, thank you so much."

"Wow. I don't what to say," he added.

In a later statement, he said: "I am absolutely overwhelmed to have won The X Factor."

Arthur walks away from the talent show with a recording contract and will now release his winner's single, a rendition of Impossible by Barbadian singer Shontelle, in a bid to become the Christmas number one.

After being announced as the champion of the ninth series of the show, a dazed-looking Arthur performed the song for the second time tonight.

He was hugged by Nicole Scherzinger, who mentored both him and runner-up Douglas, the first time a judge has mentored both acts to make it to the final.

The former Pussycat Doll, who looked glamourous in a black fishtail gown, jumped up and down in excitement at his success.

Host Dermot O'Leary said Douglas had been a "terrific runner up" and told the shy singer he thought he had "blossomed" during the competition.

The 24-year-old from Swindon, Wiltshire, was magnanimous in defeat, saying: "I think it's just a blessing to share the stage with such a talent. You're so amazing James, use this platform, use it wisely."

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Jahmene Douglas in X Factor Final Two

Jahmene Douglas switched on the Christmas lights in Swindon last week Credit: ITV News

Swindon's Jahmene Douglas will go head to head with James Arthur in tonight's final of the X Factor after Christopher Maloney was voted out of the competition.

Prior to the contest he patrolled the aisles of Asda in Swindon, marking down products as they neared their best-before limit, but viewers clearly don't think he's reached his sell-by date.

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Preparations underway ahead of X Factor live final

X Factor finalist Jahmene Douglas is preparing ahead of the live shows this weekend.

The 21-year-old from Swindon is expected to duet with his mentor Nicole Scherzinger this evening.

Around 10,000 fans will see the show each night with millions more watching at home.

ITV entertainment correspondent Caroline Whitmore caught up with some very excited fans.

Rain interferes during X Factor red carpet set up

Setting up on the X Factor red carpet in Manchester Credit: ITV Granada

Heavy rain is interfering with the set up of the X Factor red carpet ahead of the first X Factor live final show.

Swindon's Jahmene Douglas, Christopher Maloney and James Arthur will sing duets with their mentors this evening on the live show.

You can read more on the build-up to the final at The X Factor site.

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