James Arthur: 'I Don't Suit The X Factor'
Semi-finalist says he's surprised he's got so far in the talent show...
Speaking at a secret gig in London last night, the 24-year-old told Digital Spy that he was surprised to have been so successful in the contest.
"I didn't ever think The X Factor would suit me," he said. "I didn't think I'm the type of contestant they would normally attract. I'm just glad that they embraced me."
But he insisted that he didn't think he was too cool for the show.
"I don't know about this whole cool thing. I'm just really laid back and I don't impose myself on people so, maybe that's why it's working for me."
And he gave fans a hint of what to expect from his debut album once the show is over.
"I think you'll hear a mixture of acoustic, rock, hip-hop, R&B, soul, maybe some dubstep," he said.
In other X Factor news, his rival semi-finalist Christopher Maloney is reportedly set to duet with his mentor Gary Barlow if he makes it to the final.
The Sun claims that producers are having trouble finding a big-name act who wants to sing with the 34-year-old.
A source told the paper: "Christopher has never been in the bottom two before and bosses are working on the likelihood that he will be in the final - and this has caused a real headache for them.
"In the past, the acts who have reached the final have had some sort of star quality or credibility which has attracted big-name talent wanting to perform with them.
"But unfortunately that is just not the case with Christopher. He has got a good voice - but it is fair to say he is probably the uncoolest singer to have ever got this far.
"So producers have lined up Gary to sing with him instead. Of course Gary is a massive star, with hits including Could It Be Magic, and Christopher will still be thrilled to sing with his mentor."
We told you this morning how Cheryl Cole could be talking to Simon Cowell about a return to the show.