X Factor’s James Arthur gets backing from winners Little Mix, Gary Barlow says he gave the best performance of the series

Last night's X Factor semi-final saw James Arthur receive possibly the best compliment of the show so far.

James wowed the judges and Jade Thirwall last night. Copyright [Rex]

Following his second performance, Frankie Goes To Hollywood's 'The Power of Love', judge Gary Barlow was full of praise for the singer.

Gary told James: 'That was the performance of the series.

"You are a great singer, but it's much more that that. You make people emote, you bring out emotions.

"I know all over the country people will have stopped what they were doing to watch that performance."

And it seems that one of these people who stopped what they were doing to watch was Jade Thirwall of Little Mix.

Jade and Gary LOVED James' performance. Copyright [Wenn/Rex]

The singer, who won the X Factor as part of the band last year, took to Twitter urging people to vote for James, even posting the number to call.

It seems Jade is a part time pop star, part time PR for James Arthur.

With the final just one week away, last night was the most important night of James' and his fellow acts Christopher Maloney, Jahmene Douglas and Union J's lives.

[Related Story: Little Mix rip apart Christopher Maloney, say he is fake]

[Related Story: Nicole Scherzinger breaks down in tears after Jahmene Douglas dedicates song to late brother]

If James Arthur does go on to win the show he will also make it into the X Factor history books.

A fun fact for you all here: No one act who has appeared in the bottom two has ever gone on to win the show.

That's right, if James wins he will be the first EVER act to win the X Factor despite his bottom two placing in week seven of the competition.

The X Factor results air tonight at 8pm on ITV1.

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