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Rapper gives singer boost for x factor

X Factor star James Arthur has been limbering up for tonight's heat with a starring role at a Labrinth gig.

The rapper and producer invited the tattooed contestant to join him on stage after being impressed by James (far left) when he appeared as a guest on last Sunday's show.

Labrinth performed on the results programme alongside Emeli Sande. He had been keen to meet the wannabe and they ended up jamming.

They got on so well that James headed to Labrinth's show in Manchester and rapped during the performance of chart hit Earthquake.

"He put on a great show and is a real hero of mine. It was a honour to perform with him," said James."