X Factor 2012: James Arthur mobbed at Middlesbrough homecoming

James Arthur (X Factor 2012)

XFactor 2012 finalist James Arthur found himself mobbed by fans as he performed his homecoming gig in Middlesbrough last night.

James and mentor Nicole Scherzinger arrived back in James' home town on £25,000 Harley-Davidson motorbikes, where the duo first spent the morning at James' local pub.

The pair then went on to grab some fish and chips at the pier ahead of James' performance in the evening.

The 24-year-old said: “I just want to thank all the fans for their support.

"I am so excited to be back, it has been amazing.”

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, James revealed how he was overwhelmed by the journey over the past three months.

He said: “It’s surreal. This time last year I was looking out at the sea from the pier and thinking I’d never fulfil my purpose in life and now I’m here with Nicole Scherzinger at my homecoming.”

Speaking of his mentor, James continued: “Nicole said very genuinely that she did the show to find something that inspired her, and I did that.

“Those were some of the words of encouragement that got me through the other stages of the competition” With just three days to go before Saturday’s final, Nicole is working to keep James confident.

Nicole said: “I just remind him how amazing he is and what he’s there for.”

Writing on Twitter last night, James seemed rather shocked to have made it all the way to the final.

He tweeted: "So excited to walk on stage at Middlesbrough town hall!! Big dream of mine coming true! #HomecomingGig #amazing"

After the gig, James added: "Wow that was epic! Thank you SO much for all of your support, Middlesbrough you have made today very special for me x"

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The X Factor 2012 continues next weekend with the live final in Manchester.

Chris Maloney, Jahmene Douglas and James Arthur will be battling it out to be crowned winner, while there will be performances from One Direction, Kylie Minogue, Rhianna and Emeli Sande.

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