X Factor 2012 finalist James Arthur has said he has earned his place on the show.
The singer was chosen as one of Nicole's three finalists in the boys category, with the US star saying she liked his "tortured singer-songwriter" persona.
Speaking on Daybreak this morning, James said: "I guess it’s a bit like method acting, I put myself in a place where it helps me connect with the song. It seems to work.”
He added: “I certainly feel like I deserve to be here. ”
James was joined by Jahmene Douglas and Rylan Clark on the show, and the trio insisted that they would keep their feet on the ground as the live shows prepare to kick off.
James said: I think I’ve got the right level of insecurity to keep my feet on the ground and it just keeps surprising me the competition."
Nicole, who was also on the show, added: “What is so great is that he does have his own style so he can bring his own style to whatever theme, whatever song we throw at him.
"Nobody can hold him down at all, he is undeniable and unbelievable. I have seen stuff that you guys haven’t seen on TV... there are amazing things to come.”
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