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James Arthur: My audition on The Voice was 'a bit of a fix'

James Arthur (opens in new tab) has revealed that he previously auditioned for The Voice, but only made the last 200 and labelled it 'a bit of a fix'.

The X Factor winner, 25, said that he 'liked nothing'" about the rival BBC One show and said that they were only interested in former TV stars.

"I went to do it, well I got asked to come down. I made the last 200," the Impossible singer told Capital FM.

"But it was just very apparent to me that they had all these ex-TV stars that they had already decided on going through."

He added: "It was a bit of a fix for me. My heart wasn't in it, I didn't like the structure of it. I don't like the producers - I liked nothing about it. So I went and won a bigger show!"


Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.