For all those who like to sit around the TV on a Saturday and watch Simon Cowell make smarmy comments about wannabe singers, this is the gig you’ve been waiting for.
James Arthur arrives in Blackpool on Sunday as part of his debut UK tour.
The 25-year-old, as any self-respecting X Factor aficionado will know, won the show 12 months ago (beating Jahméne Douglas in the final) and seems as though he might be one of those X Factor winners who has the talent to forge a lasting musical career.
He has been writing and recording songs since he was 15 and seems popular with the public – debut single Impossible (released last year and a cover of Shontelle’s 2010 hit) became the fastest-selling X Factor winner’s single so far, reaching 255,000 downloads within 48 hours and over 490,000 by the end of the week.
The Middlesbrough lad has spent the last year recording his first album, which was released on November 4 and was preceded by the single You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You. Arthur is now in the midst of a mammoth 37-date tour around the UK and Europe.
He arrives at the Opera House in Blackpool on Sunday.
“We are really excited about James and the music he’s creating,” said a spokesman for the singer. “His first single, Impossible, was BRIT-nominated and his debut album is stunning.
“He has written it in collaboration with some of the world’s hottest producers, including Salaam Remi, Naughty Boy, TMS, and Da Internz, and we think people will be blown away when they hear it.”
Check for ticket availability at www.gigsandtours.com/tour/James-Arthur or by calling 0844 811 0051 or 0844 826 2826.