X Factor hit by technical issues AGAIN during James Arthur’s performance

Singer has defended his performance

Former X Factor winner James Arthur has hit back at fans who branded his performance “awful” and “flat”.

James, who won the show in 2012, returned to Wembley Arena to sing a duet with Anne-Marie, their version of Rewrite The Stars from The Greatest Showman.

Anne-Marie and James didn’t impress with their performance (Credit: ITV)

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But fans were not at all impressed with the singers insisting their ears were bleeding after listening to the vocals.

“James Arthur and Anne Marie sounded AWFUL on X Factor,” wrote one.

Another added: “James murdering Greatest Showman.”

“My ears have only just stopped bleeding,” said a third, while a fourth added their duet was “painful”.

But James was quick to take to Twitter himself to thank the fans who did leave nice comments for him and Anne-Marie as well as pointing out there was a technical issue that made singing very difficult.

James has defended his performance (Credit: ITV)

“Thanks for the nice comments about mine and @AnneMarie performance! However I don’t know why they had crowd mics blaring throughout and vocal levels all over.. not the mix we would’ve liked you to hear.”

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James’s friend and fellow 2012 contestant Rylan Clark-Neal immediately tweeted back that he knew something wasn’t right when James started singing.

“Knew the second u started you had a problem with ur ears. Still smashed it brother xxx.”

The show was hit by sound issues earlier in the series which meant the public vote had to be scrapped.

The X Factor Final is on Sunday at 7.30pm on ITV

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