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Barlow 'shocked' at X-Factor winner

X-Factor judge Gary Barlow has said he was "shocked" when viewers chose James Arthur to win last year's show.

The Take That star said the vote was proof that a "novelty act" will never win the hit ITV singing show, which returns later this month.

He said:"I do actually believe in the people that are voting to choose the right person. I was quite shocked that James Arthur won last time, not because he wasn't the best but because he is the best and was the best. I assumed a TV voting audience wouldn't vote for someone like that and they did - it really shows me that the right person will win this competition each time."

Arthur, whose debut single sold more than a million copies, releases his album later this year.

The new series starts at 8pm on Saturday on ITV1.

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