X Factor 2012 winner James Arthur has said he's can't believe he's won the show
Tonight's show saw James win the X Factor 2012, beating Jahmene Douglas in a very closely fought final.
Speaking after Dermot O'Leary announced the result, James said: "I really don't believe it, I really don't... I've just got to stay thank you to the people who voted for me."
The 24-year-old continued: "I feel like I've worked quite hard to get here so its like the ultimate sense of achievement. It's not quite sinking in just yet."
Praising mentor Nicole Scherzinger, James added: "I love Nicole, she's been the best mentor and an amazing
Nicole told Xtra Factor hosts Olly Murs and Caroline Flack over on ITV2: "I watched him up there and he wasn't even supposed to win this, he doesn't fit the box.
"But he's a fighter and he willed this to happen. I'm so proud of him, he deserves this."
Gary Barlow also backed James, saying: "Jahmene or James could've won tonight, personally I always saw James winning the show, he's just so real.
"We've never had a winner like him before and it's brilliant for the show."
The X Factor UK returns next year, with open auditions for the 2013 series starting in the Spring.
Browse pictures of The X Factor 2012 final below...