JAMES Arthur was stuck for words after being named the winner of this year's 'X Factor'.
The 24-year-old singer, from Saltburn, near Middlesbrough, beat Jahmene Douglas (below) to take the title in front of a 10,000-strong audience at Manchester Arena, with millions more watching the ITV show live on television.
Arthur looked stunned as host Dermot O'Leary announced the result and could only say "wow" when asked how he felt. "I don't know what to say," he added.
It was the first time a judge had mentored both acts to make it to the final, with Louis Walsh telling Nicole Scherzinger: "You've been the best mentor ever on the 'X Factor'. You've got two acts in the final and you've worked so hard."
The show kicked off with a Christmas medley by former contestants from the series.
But Liverpudlian Christopher Maloney – who was voted out of the competition in last night's show – was missing from the line up.
Arthur's single is ready to download from the internet and will be "rush released" and in shops from Wednesday, an 'X Factor' spokesman said. All proceeds will go to charity.