James Arthur

Name: James Arthur

DOB: 2 March 1988

Birth Place: Middlesbrough, United Kingdom

Claim to fame: X Factor 2012 winner

By heatworld heatworld on Thursday, 18 September 2014 at 15:34


  • James sung his own version of Tulisa Contostavlos' song Young for his first audition
  • He spent some time in foster care when he was younger and has been homless in the past
  • James has the words 'Love' and 'Hate' tattooed on his knuckles
  • He's a pretty mean guitar player


James Arthur is that gravel-voiced fella who won the 2012 series of the X Factor. His first arena audition for the show blew the judges away, and his version of Tulisa Contostavlos' Young got the audience on their feet. Tulisa, who was a judge on the show that year, admitted James' performance of her Number One hit was the first acoustic version she's ever heard. She loved it so much, she even called his audition the best one of the day!

He also nailed Take That's Million Love Songs at boot camp, which led judge Nicole Scherzinger to exclaim: "I love him!"

James has had a tough time in the past - his parents split up when he was young and he volunteered himself to go into foster care because his parents' bad feelings towards each other got too much for him to take. He's also admitted to sleeping rough in the past.

But he put all that behind him, and ended up winning the X Factor and had a successful career after the show.

However, things turned sour in 2013 when James' more controversial side surfaced - he was criticised for using a homophobic slur in a diss rap against an little-known rapper and became involved in Twitter spats with a number of stars which prompted him to leave the social networking site for a short while.

In June 2014 James confirmed he had parted ways from Simon Cowell's record label Syco, to which he was signed upon winning the X Factor. However, he promised to take time out to write new material and return with a new record on a new label.