X Factor 2016: James Arthur is backing Sam Lavery to WIN

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X Factor winner James Arthur is backing Samantha Lavery to win the show this year.

He's tipping either her or Simon Cowell's fellow Girls category singer Emily Middlemas to win the title.

And James, who is on course for a Number 1 album this week, is also hoping to see Honey G in the final.

"Sam Lavery is from the North East so I’m supporting her and Emily Middlemas," James told The Sun at the Pride of Britain awards this week.

He revealed: “I’ve got a lot of family there so I throw my hat in those rings, they’re both really good. It’s a good show this year.”

And James admitted the newspaper that he wouldn't be shocked if 'novelty act' Honey G makes it through to the final at Wembley.

“I don’t know who will be in the final. If Honey G is in the final, I bet everyone will be rooting for her, she’s very entertaining," he said.

Speaking on This Morning last week, James revealed is "love" for Honey G and said he would even team up with her on a song.

“I’m a Honey G fan. She can spit some vibes on one of my songs, she’s got rhymes for days! She’s gangster, I love her," the Say You Won’t Let Go hitmaker said.

The X Factor continues Saturday and Sunday night on ITV.

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