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X Factor winner James Arthur has told Digital Spy that he is "surprised" by his victory, as he has never "looked at [himself] as a Justin Bieber". The formerly homeless musician said that he is "thanking [his] lucky stars" after beating Jahmene Douglas to the title on Sunday's (December 9) final.

"I didn't think I'd fit the criteria of the show because you do have to have the full package, and I've never looked at myself as a Justin Bieber," he said. "But I had belief in my abilities and faith in the set of skills I had as a musician. I've surprised myself, but I have a lot more self belief now." He also commented: "I hope I have changed the game a little bit in terms of people who play guitar and write their own songs and maybe don't feel they fit the criteria of... X Factor. (more) »


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