“You’re nobody ‘til somebody loves you”, sang X Factor winner James Arthur at the Winter Gardens last night.
But that is something the 25-year-old didn’t have to worry about as his army of adoring fans filled the historic venue’s Opera House for a sell out gig.
Arthur dubbed the most credible X Factor winner to date, and, while that sounds like something of a back-handed compliment, he showed Blackpool that he is cut from a different cloth.
The Middlesborough singer kicked of his UK and European tour in style after a roller-coaster year.
His debut single Impossible was the biggest selling X Factor single of all time, earning him a BRIT Award and his debut album charted at number two, albeit to mixed reviews.
Then came accusations of homophobic lyrics – he made a dig about that during the show, commenting “you all know I’m rubbish at public speaking of any sort” – then his follow up single recovery hit the UK singles chart at just number 19.
The crowd went wild last night before Arthur even stepped on stage, staying on their feet the whole way through his set.
Humble throughout, he seemed surprised by the Blackpool crowd’s reaction. He shouldn’t be – like him or not, the man can sing.
He has been writing and recording songs since he was 15.
The standout tracks on the night, however, were next single Get Down, Roses, a soulful number co-written with Brit producer Naughty Boy,
You’re Nobody ‘til Somebody Loves You, an acoustic version of Recovery and encore finale Impossible, which predictably got the biggest reactions of the night.
Support act Tich also deserves a mention.
She has a lovely, powerful voice,just as well as she had major issues with her shoes!
First it was a struggle to take them off so she could reach the keyboard then came the drama of trying to put them back on, followed by a nightmare slip.
She did however get a loud applause when in her embarrassment she decided to ditch them for good.