X Factor 2012: Gary Barlow is very happy James Arthur won!

James Arthur (X Factor 2012)

Gary Barlow has praised X Factor winner James Arthur.

Last night's show saw James win the X Factor 2012, beating Jahmene Douglas in a very closely fought final.

Speaking on the Xtra Factor at the weekend, Gary gushed about the 24-year-old.

Anyone would think he wasn't disappointed that Christopher Maloney didn't win.

“To be fair, Jahmene or James could have won tonight easily," Gary said after the result was announced.

Gary said: “Personally myself I just always saw James winning the show. He is just so real.

"The other thing is we have never had a winner like him before so it’s brilliant for the show.”

Of course the X Factor judges predictions showed that Gary actually thought Kye Sones would win the show, but we'll overlook that for now.

Speaking in his first interview since winning today, James told Lorraine and Aled on ITV1's Daybreak this morning: “The statistics about people winning the X Factor I am not going to take much notice of.

"I’m not going to do much waiting around - I’ve got a lot of material ready to go now and as soon as I can get in the studio I will get my stuff out and it will be all of my own material.”

Browse pictures of The X Factor 2012 final below...

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