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Wednesday 1 October 2014

X Factor's Arthur: I keep it real

Rylan Clark and James Arthur have proved a hit with X Factor viewers

X Factor star James Arthur has said a bit of insecurity is vital to staying grounded.

The singer has been receiving rave reviews for his live performances, with stars like Labrinth and Emeli Sande lining up to praise him.

But James, 24, said: "I think you've just got to remember who you were before all of this and probably go back to a place where you did the same things that everyone else does.

"You've got to have a level of insecurity to keep your feet on the ground. No one here's got above their station or think they're any bigger than what they are."

The Teesside lad - who wowed judges at the weekend with his performance of Adele's Hometown Glory - has struck up a friendship with fellow boys' category hopeful Rylan Clark.

Rylan insisted he is nothing like his diva stage persona.

"I'm the furthest thing from it. I get on with absolutely everyone but when I'm on stage I've got to try and hold my ground because I'm not the strongest singer there and I've got a lot more to give when it comes to performance," he said.

The Essex boy also revealed he gets on well with judge Gary Barlow, despite the Take That star's withering critiques on the show.

"Gary's lovely, on stage he's Borelow, off stage he's Banter Barlow," Rylan said.

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