Christopher Maloney was kicked off the X Factor only last night and he is already persona non grata.


According to TV Guide, tonight’s show airs at 7:40pm BST (2:40pm EDT, 11:40am PDT) on ITV1 (120min). The Xtra Factor airs at 9:40pm BST (80min) on ITV2.

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Potential winner’s singles:

Jahmene Douglas – Let It Be (The Beatles)

http://youtu.be/kEogJacjLTE

James Arthur – Impossible (Shontelle)


My my. Christopher Maloney was kicked off the X Factor only last night … And apparently he is not welcome in Manchester tonight.

Colin Robertson @Cod_Rob
Oh dear. Chris Maloney has been booted off tonight’s final show for turning up pissed. #XFactor

#xfactor saying Maloney QUIT rather than was pushed. Big row with producers. He won’t be on tonight’s show.

An X Factor spokesman said: “Chris decided he longer wanted to be part of the X Factor Final and has gone back to Liverpool.”

Mark Jefferies @mirrorjeffers
X Factor’s @ChrisMaloney77 has been kicked out of tonight’s group song. He was late for rehearsals and “smelt of alcohol”.

X Factor say it was @ChrisMaloney77 decision to leave, but my understanding is he was “not in the right state” to perform.

Not sure if @ChrisMaloney77 will turn up tonight, would be sad if he’s not there. He left venue earlier saying “didn’t want to be part of it”.

X Factor spokesman said: “Chris decided he longer wanted to be part of the X Factor Final and has gone back to Liverpool.”

During rehearsals, @ChrisMaloney77 allegedly called the lovely @carolynnepoole a c***. That explains her tweet earlier…

I’ve met @carolynnepoole loads of times and she wouldn’t hurt a fly so cant believe she warranted that kind of abuse.

Carolynne Poole ?@CarolynnePoole
X Factor can also create monsters it would seem!

Christopher Maloney quits The X Factor final after being ‘hungover’ and ‘abusive’ at rehearsals
The X Factor singer is on his way back to Liverpool after appearing hungover and verbally attacking a fellow contestant
X Factor finalist Christopher Maloney has dramatically quit his planned appearance on Sunday’s show after appearing hungover at rehearsals.

The Scouser, who failed to land enough votes on Saturday night, then went out with pals and was seen returning to his hotel at 4am this morning.

He was then abusive to staff who went to get him to rehearse a group song and then verbally attacked Singer Carolynne Poole when he arrived at the venue.

After returning to the hotel, he was due back for more rehearsals at 11am but turned up at midday with production sources saying he was “worse for wear”.

Contestants also say they could also smell alcohol on his breath.

A show source said: “He was still drunk after being up all night boozing and was abusive to the production team and other contestants. He said he was leaving and didn’t want to perform in the Final tonight.”
Read more: Daily Mirror

Well, that was quick.

Anyway, it’s Jahmene Douglas vs. James Arthur battle. Boys will perform their coronation songs tonight (see above). Jahmene will reprise Robbie Williams’ “Angels” and James Arthur will reprise No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak”.

Tonight’s guest performers are: One Direction, Rihanna, Emeli Sande. Taylor Swift will be watching her new boy toy Harry Styles in the audience/backstage. One Direction will perform their new single “Kiss You”.


Christopher Maloney left the competition last night and Nicole Scherzinger is now the last judge standing with her two boys Jahmene Douglas and James Arthur.

One Direction, Emeli Sande and Rihanna will entertain us tonight.

The judges arrive. Nicole and Tulisa look fantastic. All 4 are dressed to the nines.

X Factor finalists perform a medley of various Christmas tunes. No MK1, No Chris Maloney. Rylan Clark has a special entrance. Jahmene and James show up at the end.

Recap of Jahmene’s and James’ performances and comments. The boys will perform after the commercial break again. Get ready for more cringe worthy comments from the judges.

1. Jahmene Douglas – “Angels” by Robbie Williams

This is Jahmene’s song of the series. Jahmene dedicated his first performance to his mother and now he is doing it again.
Jahmene is once again joined by a choir. He has angel wings, made by the lights in the background. And “Angels” is one of those special British songs, especially popular at the funerals. The start was a bit weak, but overall he did great.
Louis: You are in final, you are a fantastic role model, you are a living proof that dreams do come true. People please vote for Jahmene, I want him to win.
Tulisa: This is one of my favorite songs you did on the show.
Gary: You’ve been battling with this competition and you past …
Nicole: You just bring so much spirit and hope to the show, you really are an angel …

2. James Arthur – “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye

Oh, he is not doing “Don’t Speak”. Uh, IMO, “Let’s Get It On” was one of James’ more overrated performances. He is singing the song to Nicole and Tulisa. Some dancers are pretending to be his band on stage and
Louis: Every week you brought something new to the competition. You are real, you are honest. Nicole, you are the best mentor ever on the X Factor.
Tulisa: … You are an artist, James Arthur.
Gary: You are going to get developed by your label, but you don’t need it. I am ready to download your album right now.
Nicole: I’m honored to …

Wow, that was quick.

The competition was also tough between the judges. We get a recap of the season from the judges’ perspective. Well, Nicole won this year’s battle.

And now, a nice video of Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke, Olly Murs, One Direction, JLS, Little Mix, Cher Lloyd … all bragging about their success.

NEXT: 5 solo artists … that went in ONE DIRECTION and became the biggest X Factor discovery EVER. And they didn’t even win!
They are performing “Kiss You”. Girls are going crazy in the audience. Was Zayn give Nicole’s microphone?

TOP 3 visited Downing Street 10 and sang Christmas carols for children that came to see them. Winner’s single is a charity single this year. All profits got to “Together for Short Lives”.

Emeli Sande is the second guest performer tonight. She has the best selling album in the UK this year, she performed at the Olympics ceremonies twice …
She is performing her newest single “Clown”. Music video for it was released this past week and this is what Emeli has to say about this song:

“It’s about how I felt when I was trying to get signed, I was going for all these meetings and people were looking at me like ‘What do we do with you’? It’s about not allowing yourself to be judged by others or to be taken for an idiot. I feel the video reflects that.”

Emeli got her record deal the old fashioned way. It will be different for James and Jahmene.

Mr. Rio Ferdinand sits in the audience. He is a big soccer star in the UK. James Arthur is his favorite.

Time for the winner’s singles. And journey videos.

1. Jahmene Douglas – “Let It Be”

Another choir-assisted performance. WOW, that arrangement is SOMETHING. I’m just afraid Jahmene missed too many notes and was flat half of the time.
Louis: You have so much soul and passion. People, please vote.
Tulisa: I’m so happy you are in the final. You both deserve it so much.
Gary: This is very simple. People are voting for you because you have an unbelievable voice and talent.
Nicole: Thank you so much for that beautiful performance. You are the greatest blessing to me and the show.

Caroline Flack talks to Jahmene’s camp outside.

2. James Arthur – “Impossible”

So, James is covering Shontelle’s hit. From what I gathered on some music forums, this wasn’t a big hit in the UK. I’m not sure the lyrics are really appropriate for this moment or charity single?!
Louis: That was a powerful performance. You are a ready-made artist. You are gonna get a big record deal.
Tulisa: From the second I saw you perform, I got you.
Gary: You came to this competition as a true artist. You’ve never lost your dignity in this competition.
Nicole: You’ve proven tonight that everything is possible. Your life is never gonna be the same after this.

Caroline talks to James’ family outside.

ANOTHER recap of this weekend’s performances. 28 minutes until the end of the show.

Rihanna is performing next, for the bazillion-th time in the last three seasons. She is performing her next single “Stay”. Oh snap, she actually sounds BETTER than Jahmene and James. Time for red alarm? Rihanna finishes with “We Found Love”.

Voting is now over. Results after the break. I’m so ready. Are you?

Oh, I’m reading on Twitter Chris Maloney appeared in Manchester with his partner and wanted to join the other finalists for the group number, but TPTB didn’t let him. He is now doing damage control via Twitter. Unsuccessfully.

Time for the results!

Nicole walks Jahmene and James on stage.

The winner of X Factor 2012 is James Arthur.

TPTB got their desired result.

James is giving me the Matt Cardle vibes, so I will just wish him luck. He is going to need it.

He performs “Impossible” again. His still sounds awful. :( Where are the days of Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke?

 
  • Oldhag

    Chris Maloney is an idiot.  Talk about biting the hand that feeds you. MK 1 “had other obligations” so they didn’t preform last night either. These people need to be vetted better for nut jobs. They may not have liked where they finished in the show but they still were given a chance that many would kill for.

  • WestiesRule

    Sorry, LOL at Chris being soused

  • Klaine
  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    maybe Chris and his nan will crash the stage as the winner is announced!!

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    couldn’t they have gotten some other guest acts for tonight?  between them One Direction, Rihanna, Emeli Sande must’ve been on the UK X Factor about 5 or 6 times this year alone!

  • Oldhag

    MIA for the finalists group song tonight: MK1, Lucy, and Chris.  Sounds like they need some contract tweaking for future seasons.

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    interesting that in the group numbers (tonight and last night) the camera seem to focus mainly on Rylan, the boybands (names escape me) & then Ella (with the and the other girls acting as her backup singers)!! 

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    blimey… recap much?! 

  • Mateja Praznik

     Hmm, Lucy was there last night.

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    so after all the intros, 1 group Xmas mash-up and about 10 mins of recaps we have an add break… no wonder the ratings are dropping… when do we actually get to see the final 2 sing again?

  • Oldhag

    interesting that in the group numbers (tonight and last night) the camera seem to focus mainly on Rylan, the boybands (names escape me) & then Ella (with the and the other girls acting as her backup singers)!!

    Rylan is entertaining (and finished 5th) and I would be shocked if Syco didn’t sign both Ella (finished 6th) and Union J (finished 4th). So it really isn’t too surprising.  I was wonder what one line Chris was supposed to get and chose to walk away from.   

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    according to digital spy, Lucy didnt want to do a cheesy Xmas number…

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    well that was a horrible start to Angels… off key… he got better from the middle on… but so so so so boring… he is so not a pop star… to me he is a throwback to the early days of these singing contests from 10 years back…

  • kcostell

    It was a bit of a strange performance…he hit the big money notes for the most part, but there were random wobbly places in between.  Powerful though.  

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    i don’t know how true the Maloney drunk rumours are, but after those comments I think the judges (and esp Nicole) have had a backstage tipple or two already… 

  • Oldhag

    I know she was and she got a pretty good chance to show her wares.  Wonder what the story is today?  There doesn’t seem to be any news about it.

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    23 mins in, 1st actual performance done, so time for another ad break… it’s gonna be a long night!

  • Oldhag

    according to digital spy, Lucy didnt want to do a cheesy Xmas number…

    This group is unreal; what a bunch of brats.  Like I said earlier, they evidently need to massively tweak their contracts in future seasons. 

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    TPTB def want James to win… last night he got to do the ‘rock star’ walk in from backstage thing… tonight it’s the come through the crowd and flirt with Nicole thing…

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    I think James was a little better than I expected (not watched any of this season before this weekend)… but he’s hardly a sex/rock god as the judges are making him out to be… maybe he could be the new Mick Hucknell?

  • kcostell

    Ooh, look!  Another recap!  

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    must be time for another recap… and as we have exhausted footage of the final 2… its time for an extended judges recap…

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    X Factor stars of seasons past, nice to see… not as much Leona or 1D as I expected… oh, here comes the 1D hyped up intro…

  • davedpg

    Lucy Spraggan ?@lspraggan
    For those not in the loop; me and James singing Fairytale of New York was pulled last minute from the medley. They smashed it though!
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  • elliegrll

    Considering that Simon and company have leaked some nasty stories about Chris, and they started the week by letting it be known that if Chris won that Simon wouldn’t do anything at all to help him, I’m surprised that Chris didn’t blow up prior to today.  Chris is no saint, but what he had to go through isn’t fun, entertaining or right.

  • Oldhag

    What with all the tattoos on One Direction and the less than flattering hair styles.  Are they trying to punk up or something?

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    1D full of energy and oomph… Dermot in top form running up the ramp, LOL… been 20 mins since the last ad break, colour me surprised… typed too soon, her it is!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    Rofl what a disaster with Lucy and Chris. Suddenly I don’t hate Rylan, at least he wasn’t so entitled.

    I don’t really care who wins, both had pretty good seasons. Jahmene has potential, James kind of seems to have hit his but he is strangely off-putting. But if I had to choose, those two with Melanie and Ella should have been the Top 4. Union J 5th.

    …Go Jahmes? 

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    I like that MK1′s reason for not being in the finale is that they had other obligations. You already made time before to audition for a cheesy reality singing show, so what prey tell, makes you above it now is beyond me.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I read the comments on Daily Mirror and there are dozens of furious old ladies saying it was all a conspiracy against Maloney. Expect an army of nans setting fire to Manchester Stadium until the end of the show.

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    PM should not be on a cheesy reality show, even for a charitable cause

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    Oh look another artist returning for the umpteenth time… I actually really quite like Emeli Sande, but a bit of variety wouldn’t be a bad thing… guess this is uncle Simon’s payback for her guesting on Labrinth’s  and writing Leona’s recent singles.

  • SullyD

    Love Emeli Sande.

  • Oldhag

    It does make you respect Rylan more, doesn’t it?  It definitely makes him more professional.

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    an hour in, and we have only heard the 2 finalists sing 1 song each… 

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    I think Rylan is probably very clued up on how it works for an act like him… I get the sense he will model himself on Jedward… rumour is he will be on Celeb Big Brother in the new year

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    obviously time to kill… as we waste 2 mins with footballer Rio Ferdinand

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    Let it Be… oh dear… I don’t think I am going to like this…

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    he can sing… but me not likey.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I can’t take choirs anymore. I think I’ve seen more choirs than performances.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    Certainly does. Rylan is a professional…. obnoxiously bad joke act, but at least he wasn’t all…. “Carolynne’s a c*nt I’m so drunk omg, I hate Christmas songs, I was on the show but I have other obligations that put me above the show.” I’d say I respect him more, but mostly because I’m thinking “Hey, there are worse people than him, even if he is worse than them at singing”.

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    X Factor producers meeting “tonight it will be recap, ad break, choir, recap, ad break, 1D (for 3rd time this season), choir, ad break, re cap, Emeli (2nd time this season), Choir, re cap, ad break… and that’s just the 1st hour

  • jewelsceo

    I agree..Chris a poor looser….

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    flippen hell… they dragged that whole ‘tell us how much you want to win’ bit from Jahmene and family…

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    and now for James… slow start… hmmm, isn’t this the song that Cher Lloyd reportedly had lined up as her winners song a couple of years back??

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I’m already predicting James adding some dubstep to the end of this song and the judges saying he’s a true artist because of that.

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    what is Nicole wearing?

  • Klaine

    @David, Ialso would have liked to see some fun duets on the finale with the final2 singing with their idols/big superstars…Seeing htem perform both with Nicole was a bit of a letdown.  Its always fun to see them just mindblown by singing with one of todays superstars…Why couldnt one sing with Kelly Clarkson and one with Rihanna?  It seems James has it in the bag based on everything I read and see…but having just watched the finale and not the en tire season, I like Jahmaine better but he doesnt seem to have a chance in the end

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    powerfully sung, but hardly a classic song… still at least he didn’t murder a classic

  • Klaine

    yeah as simon would usually say – he doesnt look like a pop star- he needs to be put on the melanie amaro makeover diet

  • SullyD

    lol, spot on.

  • Klaine

    how many times has 1 judge had the 2 finalists?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    why would they sing with Rihanna? to ruin their whole performance?

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    LOL at Gazza and the retain your dignity comments… and how would he describe the multiple spats he’s had with Rylan, Louis and Tulisa this season?

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    queue everyone James has ever met in we want him to win VT

  • kcostell

    Twice before:

    Season 3: (Cowell mentored both Leona Lewis and Ray Quinn)
    Season 4: (Minogue mentored both Leon Jackson and Rhydian Roberts)

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    Simon did with Leona and Ray, and Dannii did with Leon and Rhydian

  • Oldhag

    Yeah, but in season 3 there were only three categories, so that isn’t quite as impressive. 

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    so 35 mins left, Rihanna must be doing at least 2 songs… hopefully with at least 1 Choir… and if we are lucky they will mash it up with a recap

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    LOL, another recap… who’d have thunk it?!

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    I think I should become an X Factor producer… how hard can it be… it’s just as simple as re-cap, choir, Emeli/Rihanna/1D…

  • kcostell

    At least here they have a bit of an excuse…they need to have a sizable gap between the last performance by the finalists and when the voting lines close before they announce the results.  

  • kcostell

    Egads…for a few seconds my feed hiccuped so that it was showing Dermot O’Leary mouthing something into the microphone while Rihanna’s voice came out of my speakers.  

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    a rather low key performance by Rihanna (so far)… maybe someone told her about those countless OFCOM complaints after previous X Factor performances?

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    thats more like it RiRi… wake everyone up who has fallen into a coma from all the re-caps and choirs!

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    phew, the end is insight… my money (if I was actually bothered by who won this year) would be on James… by a nose

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    Britney & will.i.am are No 1 on UK itunes… I wonder if they or the X Factor winners single will hot the top spot next week?

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    more time with the finalists families… that’s killed another 2 mins…

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    seriously, if that a metal tray in Nicole’s dress?

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    Congrats James… and well done Jahmene…

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    oh dear, James is already being called Matt Cardle part II… 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    They must be the most enthusiastic winner and runner-up ever. not.

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    on 2nd hearing, I am really not feeling this song, no matter how much passion he puts into it…

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    queue confetti and stage rush by the other finalists… aw… always looks good in the winners video!

  • Oldhag

    Uhm….Lucy is there.  Guess she just didn’t want to sing.  Weird.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    Glad it’s finally over. I think I would’ve preferred Jahmene because James has some pretentious air about him >_>.

    But either way, one of them would’ve been deserving to win this shitty season.

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    did the Melanie makeover / diet actually work?!?

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    So James  is the first winner that has been in the bottom 2? Just noticed that, since I’ve heard no winner has ever been in a sing-off. Good luck to him.

    And how about Nicole? Got her two acts as winner and runner up. She has really redeem herself on this version compare to how poorly she was received on the U.S. X-factor. Good for her! :)

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    glad that’s over… thanks Mateja :)

  • kcostell

    I’m interested in seeing how the final voting turned out, and just how close James was to losing his deadlock to Ella a couple weeks back.  

  • Mateja Praznik

    Last year, Little Mix’s winner’s single underperformed and it will be interesting to see how this one does. It’s no “Hallelujah”, “That’s my Goal” or “A Moment Like This”.

    http://youtu.be/MEx4P71pBdg

    http://youtu.be/8aQ2i2UvnCE

    http://youtu.be/i8rg1kreNtk

  • Oldhag

    I’m watching Xtra Factor right now.  They’ll give some of the stats like they did last year but if I remember correctly it takes a couple of days to get them all up.  They’ll be on wikipedia.  What I’m really curious to see is where Chris placed each week.

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    not nec an indication of post show success… in season 6 Olly Murs was in the bottom 2, and things turned out very well for him in terms of music sales etc… meanwhile the winner that year, Joe Mc, was not in the bottom 2… his pop career was much less successful…

  • Oldhag

    Thanks Mateja and MJ for posting and hosting this blog each week.

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    winners single is already in UK itunes top 100 on pre-orders, interesting…

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    agree, but it being a charity single may help it sell a few more copies than it may otherwise have done

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I’m hearing Xtra Factor now and Christopher won from week one to seven, with Jahmene usually on second place. After the week James was in the bottom, he started to lead the votes with Jahmene just behind.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks
  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    winners single pre-order now top 50 in UK itunes…

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    I guess Maloney leading was to be expected after all the media speculation  on him being weekly top vote getter…

  • mjsbigblog

     A HUGE thank you to Mateja for all of her hard work and another great X Factor UK season. :)

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    Yay!!! JAMES FREAKING ARTHUR!!! I really thought Jahmene was going to win it, but so happy for James!!

  • kcostell

    UK Pop bars at the moment (http://kworb.net/popuk/ ):

    James is at #1, selling at about 3.5 times the rate of #2.   Shontelle’s original is also at #13 on UK iTunes at the moment.

  • kcostell

    UK Pop bars at the moment (http://kworb.net/popuk/ ):

    James is at #1, selling at about 3.5 times the rate of #2.   Shontelle’s original is also at #13 on UK iTunes at the moment.

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    The studio recording of James’s Impossible. He sounds amazing recorded. No wonder TPTB were pushing for him, if it were Jahmene, I don’t think his voice would have come across as successfully as a recording artist as compared to James.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJqbaGloVxg

  • girlygirltoo

    Just from these performances posted in this thread, I don’t see James as a pop artist. I saw in the video that he was holding a guitar. Is he more of a WGWG, then?

  • springboard2

    James is totally a WGWG. It is going to be interesting to see if Simon Cowell makes any effort for him, and gets it right, and whether James himself has what it takes. Since he is a singer songwriter type singer,  and he is not particularly charismatic, he’ll need his material to speak for him, good songs with a lot of character. Good songs can be bought, but character can’t, and imo, he’ll need to be a damn good songwriter, and have Syco let him express himself.
    I’ll sit and watch….

  • kcostell

    And the fun’s started already.  From the Daily Record (http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/entertainment/tv-radio/x-factor-winner-james-arthur-1482805 ): 

    He said: “I will insist on having total control. I thought there wouldn’t be much creative control during The X Factor process and there has been a massive amount.”
    But the new star, who won a recording contract with Cowell’s SyCo – known for controlling song choices – added: “I’ve been given creative control throughout…I have a feeling I will be able to call the shots. They don’t mess with me. I’m a badass.”

  • springboard2

     LOL, this is going to be interesting! Pop-corns please!

  • shell29

    James is most definitely a WGWG.  The impression I get is that he leans more “urban” than “pop” but I think TPTB will try to push him to Pop radio anyway. 

    “They don’t mess with me. I’m a badass.”

    LOL, here we go.   Careful there James.  For now I think that James will be OK and avoid the same fate as Matt Cardle provided that Simon & Co are willing to give him carte blanche regarding his album.    However, if that’s not the case and James tries to be too much of a “badass” and buck Uncle Simon, he may find out the hard way who is really “boss”.  I can’t blame James for feeling high on himself right now with his X Factor win and all the pimping and praise he’s received for the past few weeks (I happen to like James but honestly they’ve laid it on pretty thick).  

    As bad as X Factor has been on both sides of the pond this season, I have a feeling the “off-season” might make up for it..LOL.  I don’t think we’ve heard the last of this Maloney mess, we’ll see whether or not James will get “Cardle’d”, will Ella and Union J be as successful as they think.  Plus from the hints Simon has made in the press we’re probably in for two ‘Bloody Monday’ type blowouts with firings on X Factor UK & US after the ratings decline on both shows.

  • http://twitter.com/Barb0603 Barbara Rodriguez

    I for one am very happy James won and I do hope is  careful with ” Uncle Simon” his vocals were rough last night but thats because he was on vocal rest * just sayin *