Published Sunday, 09 December 2012
James Arthur is crowned X Factor winner (© Rex Features)
The final showdown saw both hopefuls take to the stage to first sing their song of the series, in front of 10,000 people in Manchester and millions watching at home.
Jahmene opted for Angels by Robbie Williams, while James chose Marvin Gaye's Let's Get It On.
Both acts received rave reviews from the panel of judges, before later returning to reveal what would be their winning singles for the first time.
This year, each act had a separate track - the Beatles classic Let It Be for Jahmene and Shontelle's Impossible for James.
If third-placed finalist Christopher Maloney had remained in the competition, he would have been singing Hoobastank's The Reason.
"So much soul," Louis Walsh said of Jahmene's performance, predicting a number one hit.
His mentor Nicole added that she was just so proud of the "jah-mazing sch-moment".
But the judges were also impressed by James and his performance, branding him a ready-made artist and an inspiration.
He wasn't supposed to win this because he doesn't fit the box. I'm just so proud - he deserves this.
"Honey, you better get ready - 'cause your life is never going to be the same after this," Nicole said.
The show also saw performances by One Direction, Emeli Sandé and Rihanna before the final reveal.
And when host Dermot O'Leary announced that James had won, the 24-year-old from Saltburn was left speechless by the result.
"Wow, I don't know what to say," he managed.
But he did go on to thank everyone and to say that he was delighted his single would be supporting a good cause - Together for Short Lives.
Runner-up Jahmene added: "I think it's just a blessing to share the stage with such a talent. You're so amazing, James - use this platform, use it wisely."
After the show, it was later revealed which of the final 12 acts the X Factor judges had predicted would be the winner.
Nicole was the only person to correctly predict her act James would win, although she did also mention Ella Henderson.
Gary Barlow opted for Kye Sones, Tulisa for Lucy Spraggan and Louis for Ella.
It was also revealed that Christopher had consistently topped the public vote from week one right through to week seven, with Jahmene coming second.
But in week eight, James topped the vote with 40% of the public backing him and Christopher coming second.
On Sunday night, James won the show over Jahmene with 54% of the vote.
As is now compulsory, all the finalists pour onto the stage to mob the winner and somehow James is still singing - even though he's pretty much disappeared.
Even Nicole runs onto the stage to join the craziness and then ... it's all over!
And we have to say farewell to our X Factor live blogs for another year. Sad face.
Hasn't it been fun though? Until next year ...
(Download the track here)
And the winner is ...
Massive hug for James from runner-up Jahmene Douglas as the crowd goes wild!
James is almost completely speechless, just thanking everyone.
Jahmene on the other hand says it's been an honour to share a stage with James. "Use this platform, James - use it wisely," he says.
James recovers a little to say he's delighted the single's backing a good cause and now they're going to make him sing again!
The result is IN!
But of course Dermot's not going to just tell us, that would be silly! No, no, more tension until we just can't stand it any more!!!
But first ... Rihanna!
And to think she was once frolicking in a field in Bangor and then wandering around the New Lodge, now she's singing at the X Factor final ... Hasn't she done well? ;)
Here, you see that hopeless place she's talking about - that's us!
Not sure about the 80s rave-style whoop-whoops though ...
Quick, get your predictions in now!
We won't be listening to any of that "I knew it!" malarky when the winner's revealed - you gotta say it now to get the credit!
James or Jahmene? Jahmene or James?
Who will it be?!?
We're all totes emosh ...
Louis says they're both winners in his eyes. Unfortunately that's not how it works, Louis ...
Tulisa "gets" James apparently and she says he's an inspiration, to have worked to get to where he is now.
Gary just wants James to stay true to himself and Nicole says; "Honey, you better get ready - 'cos your life is neer going to be the same after this."
James's winner's single ...
If he wins, this will be the song hitting the charts - James's take on Shontelle's Impossible.
It is, of course, a suitably angsty little number, but do you like the song choice?
Is it just us or is a bit strange not having just one winner's song?
PS: The rumour is that if Christopher Maloney was still around, he'd now be singing Hoobastank's The Reason as his winner's single - how unexpected would that be? That's not from the 80s at all!