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X Factor Winner James Arthur Says The Show 'Doesn't Need A Revamp'

13 December 2012

His winner's single is the fastest-selling in X Factor history, so it's no surprise that James Arthur doesn't think the show needs a revamp.

The 24-year-old has spoken up about dodgy ratings and rumours that the ITV1 reality show could be on it's way it, and he couldn't disagree more.

Speaking to BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat, James said: "All this stuff about X Factor needing a revamp - it can't need one that much because a lot of people seem to have been interested in my single."

James' cover of Shontelle's hit song, 'Impossible', had already sold 255,000 as of Tuesday despite the X Factor final having it's lowest audience figures since 2006.

X Factor Winner James Arthur Says The Show 'Doesn't Need A Revamp'
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X Factor Winner James Arthur Says The Show 'Doesn't Need A Revamp'

James Arthur looks bleary-eyed after partying in Central London. (WeirPhotos / Splash News)

But the  star thinks that this year's series has in fact freshened up the show.

"This year has been a game changer," he said. "People like Lucy Spraggan, Ella Henderson, Jahmene, Kai and so on - all these people are genuine, authentic singer/songwriters.

"Hopefully that's going to encourage real musos to come forward for shows in the future. Then we'll get real authenticity on the X Factor."

X Factor Winner James Arthur Says The Show 'Doesn't Need A Revamp'
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X Factor Winner James Arthur Says The Show 'Doesn't Need A Revamp'

The 24-year-old heads home alone from the wrap party (WeirPhotos / Splash News)

However, it seems that James' new found success still hasn't sunk in, as when he was contacted by Simon Cowell on Wednesday, he thought it was a joke.

"I was like, 'This has got to be a joke, is this real?'" he said.

"He was really nice, really complimentary and reinforced that he wanted me to carry on doing what I do best and not let anyone tell me what to do."

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