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X Factor 2012: Runner-up Jahmene praises James

X Factor 2012: Runner-up Jahmene praises James
X Factor 2012: Runner-up Jahmene praises James

X Factor 2012 runner-up Jahmene Douglas paid tribute to his fellow contestant James Arthur as he was crowned series winner on Sunday night. The 21-year-old remained gracious in defeat despite narrowly losing out to his rival, after both had made one final attempt to impress the voters with a performance of their favourite song from the series and the song that would be their debut single if they won. And he kept on smiling as he told Dermot O'Leary: "It's such a blessing to even share a stage with such a talent, he's my idol." Sunday night's show had seen the 21-year-old win warm praise from the judges after he performed Robbie Williams' Angels followed by The Beatles classic Let It Be - which would have been his single if he had been named winner. Louis Walsh went so far as to tell him, "I want you to win the show," after his first performance while Tulisa added: "I'm really happy you picked that song, it was amazing." Meanwhile Gary Barlow touched upon his troubled upbringing with a violent father, saying: You have been battling with your past and fighting for your future you have done it with such dignity and grace." And his mentor Nicole Scherzinger fought back tears as she added: "You just bring spirit and hope to this song, when you sing I just feel safe. You're my role model you are like a beacon of light." His second performance led Gary to praise him for his "incredible voice" while Tulisa had just one thing to add. "That was a jahmazing shashmoment," she said.