Biography: James Arthur
From: Middlesbrough. Category: Boys. Mentor: Nicole
James says: “I will bring versatility, passion and raw emotion to the competition.”
James, 23, decided to audition for this year’s show at the last minute as his friend told him he had nothing to lose...and now he’s in the Live Shows! James lives in Saltburn and has been gigging in his local area for the last few years. He writes his own songs, raps and plays guitar. He puts clever twists on the songs he does and at the Judges Audition in Newcastle he sang and rapped his own version of Tulisa's Young - and she (and the other Judges) loved it.
He has sailed into the Live Shows after outstanding performances at Bootcamp and Judges Houses singing A Million Love Songs by Take That and I Can’t Make You Love Me by Bonnie Raitt. James's main passion in life is music and he admits that it has helped him deal with some tough experiences in his life including his parents break-up. During The X Factor's Live Shows James is sharing a room with Rylan Clark - and confesses that Rylan keeps clearing up after him as he's quite untidy.
James' fun facts!
Tell us something about yourself that people may be surprised to know...
I have a passion for women's beach volleyball.
Who do you think are the ‘ones to watch’ this year?
Jahmene and Ella definitely.