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Name: James Arthur
Birth Place: Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
Claim to fame: X Factor 2012 contestant
- James Arthur did his own version of Tulisa's Young for his first audition
- James spent some time in foster care and has been homeless in the past
- James has got Love and Hate tattooed on his knuckles
- He's a mean guitar player
James Arthur is that gravel-voiced fella on this year's X Factor that we're all keeping a keen eye an ear on. His first audition blew the judges away, and his version of Tulisa Contostavlos' Young got the audience on their feet. Tulisa 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 parenmts' bad feelings towards each other got too much for him to take. He's also admitted sleeping rough in the past.
But he's put all that behind him, and he's doing a great job on this year's X Factor - he's even one of the favourites to win.