James Arthur wins X Factor

X Factor finalist James Arthur has won X Factor 2012 beating Jahmene Douglas in the final.

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James Arthur triumphs in X Factor final

James Arthur was named the winner of the X Factor tonight.

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, with millions more watching the ITV show live on television.

Arthur looked stunned as host Dermot O'Leary announced the result and could only say "wow" when asked how he felt.

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

Chris Maloney: I missed X Factor final due to sore throat

Reports: Chris Maloney tried to perform in X Factor final

There are reports on Twitter that the X Factor finalist Christopher Maloney tried to perform in tonight's final but was turned down by the show's producers:

It follows reports that he walked out of rehearsals for tonight's show earlier in the day.


Rio Ferdinand backs James Arthur to win X Factor

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has backed James Arthur to win X Factor.

Attending the show in Manchester, he said: "I like them both to be honest but James Arthur is my man, I really like him."

Ferdinand said he stays "in the background" when the Manchester United dressing room breaks into song, but that Wayne Rooney "loved" the show.

Asked whether Rooney has a good voice, Ferdinand added: "He tells me he has, yeah."

Ferdinand was struck by an object thrown from the crowd in the closing stages of Manchester United's 3-2 win at Manchester City today.

MK1 not in X Factor final due to 'other commitments'

X Factor finalists MK1 turned down the offer to perform with the other contestants in tonight's final, according to the show's organisers:

Another finalist - Lucy Spraggan - is also backstage tonight:

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