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X Factor's James Arthur diagnosed with 'acute exhaustion'

X Factor winner James Arthur has been diagnosed with "acute exhaustion" and cancelled all engagements while he recovers - just days after being embroiled in a homophobia row.

James Arthur performs at the official switching on of the Christmas lights, on Oxford Street. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The singer ended up apologising for his language after he used the word "queer" in rap which drew criticism from figures such as Matt Lucas.

Earlier this week he was also involved in a row with fellow X Factor contestant Lucy Spraggan after she posted text messages online which he had sent to her.

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X Factor winner remains at number one in the charts

James Arthur, the winner of ITV's X Factor, has remained at number one in the charts this week despite tough competition from Will.i.am and Britney Spears.

X Factor champion James Arthur. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

The 24-year-old singer from Middlesbrough saw his debut song Impossible stay ahead of the American superstars singles despite close mid-week sales.

Impossible became the fastest-selling X Factor winner's single ever when it debuted at number one on December 16 and is now nearing a million sales.

James Arthur wows judges in X Factor final

James Arthur has received an equally stunning range of comments from the judges after his first performance on the final of X Factor:

  • Tulisa Contostavlos - You can make untouchable classics your own and that is why you deserve to win.
  • Gary Barlow - I'm ready to download your [future] album right away.
  • Nicole Scherzinger: Watching you up there I felt like I was seeing the future ... Thank you.

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X Factor finalists prepare for showdown

James Arthur, Christopher Maloney and Jahmene Douglas have told Daybreak that they are "excited to be performing in the final."

James said: "I'm just blessed to be here. We'll be performing infront of 10,000 people.

"For anyone who inspires to be a singer or a musician it's the ultimate sense of achievement."

Speaking about the past week, Christopher added: "Bringing Gary Barlow back to my gran's house was unbelievable. It's something I have dreamed about all my life."

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

James Arthur: Overwhelmed by the support

James Arthur signs autographs for fans in Middlesbrough Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

X Factor's James Arthur has been showing his mentor Nicole Scherzinger the delights of his home town of Middlesbrough.

Hundreds of fans gathered at the Victoria pub in Saltburn, Cleveland to wish him well.

ITV Tyne Tees was there when James arrived.

Nicole Scherzinger accompanied the X factor finalist Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images
The former pussy cat doll will perform with James at his home coming gig later this evening Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

X Factor finalist James Arthur returns home

X Factor finalist James Arthur is spending the day in his home town ahead of Saturday's final.

James Arthur greets fans Credit: Terry Blackburn

James and his mentor Nicole Scherzinger visited Saltburn, ahead of his performance at Middlesbrough Town Hall this evening.

For more highlights of his tour, visit ITV Tyne Tees.

Mentor Nicole Scherzinger also visited Saltburn Credit: Terry Blackburn