X Factor runner-up: Jahmene Douglas loses out as James Arthur wins

Jahmene Douglas was named X Factor 2012 runner-up tonight, narrowly losing out on the winner’s title to fellow Boys’ hopeful James Arthur.

Looking understandably upset, Jahmene still managed to remain gracious in defeat as he congratulated James on his win and clapped for his worthy rival.

Speaking to show host Dermot O’Leary, the runner-up said: “I think this is just a blessing to share the stage with such a talent. You are so amazing. Use this platform wisely James.”

When asked to comment on his win by Dermot, a shaking and clearly speechless James said: “I don’t know [how I feel] man, thank you so much. Have I really won? Wow. I don’t know what to say.”

Jahmene had put up an excellent fight throughout the entire series of X Factor 2012. From his very first audition, when he gave an emotional, soulful rendition of Etta James’ classic hit At Last, he was earmarked as one of the likeliest acts to steal the champion’s title.

He continued to impress week-on-week, tackling hits including Don’t Leave Me This Way and Angels.

Last night (December 8), in the first bit of the two-part grand finale, Jahmene performed a [stunning rendition of Move On Up before teaming up with his mentor Nicole Scherzinger for a duet on late star Whitney Houston’s hit The Greatest Love of All.

James also gave two stunning performances, singing Feeling Good before singing [a duet, also with Nicole, on Bob Dylan’s hit Make You Feel My Love, which Adele later covered.

And tonight both put up a great fight once again, with Jahmene taking to the stage to sing Robbie Williams’ Angels once again, as well as his version of the winner’s single, a cover of the Beatles’ massive track Let It Be, while James performed Marvin Gaye’s soul hit Let’s Get It On, and his winner’s single, a cover of Shontelle’s Impossible.

In the end James came out as this year’s top dog - but Swindon lad Jahmene still put in an incredible effort, landing him a very respectable second-place position.

And Jahmene is in good company – previous second-placed acts on X Factor include massive boy band JLS and successful solo artists Olly Murs and Rebecca Ferguson. Exciting times ahead we predict!

You can read much more on Jahmene Douglas on his dedicated profile page.

James’ winner’s single, a cover of Shontelle’s ballad Impossible, will now go on release to the public, with all profits from the track going to Together for Short Lives, the UK’s leading charity for all children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions and those who care for and support them.

X Factor show boss Simon Cowell is a patron of the charity and said that he is “delighted” to be supporting the charity by donating 100 per cent of the profits to Together for Short Lives.

*You can read much more on Jahmene Douglas on his dedicated profile page.

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