X Factor 2012 winner James Arthur: 'I can't believe it'

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James Arthur (X Factor 2012)

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...

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