James Arthur wows X Factor judges as he puts a surprising dub-step twist on Adele classic Hometown Glory
02:21 GMT, 11 November 2012
James Arthur proved he's one to watch at this year's X Factor final as he performed a surprising Adele cover on Saturday night.
The 24-year-old performed an acoustic version of her track Hometown Glory – with an added dub-step twist in the song.
Gary Barlow said: 'Adele is such an amazing brilliant artist, no one should ever cover her songs… except you.
Surprising: James Arthur performed Adele's Hometown Glory in a very different way on Saturday's X Factor
Gracious: James was stunned by the judges' comments
'Most of the acts here are work in progress, but you're ready to record. Your talent is incredible.'
James's mentor Nicole Scherzinger enthused: 'You are the future of music. You my love are the best of British.'
While James had made Adele sound urban, the show's other favourite Ella Henderson made Tinie Tempah's rap song A Million Miles Away sound acoustic.
Louis told her: 'You're an old soul trapped in a young person's body. You're the best girl we've had since Leona Lewis. I think you are fantastic.'
'Old soul trapped in a young person's body': Ella Henderson performed Tinie Tempah's A Million Miles Away
Nicole gave some constructive criticism: 'You're are one righteous babe. That was beautiful. That was gorgeous.
'Just on the second half I would have liked you to hold out the notes a little longer.'
Liverpudlian singer Christopher Maloney opened the show with a rendition of Sir Elton John classic I'm Still Standing.
However, the judges seem to be in agreement that his performance was a bit 'karaoke'.
Nicole told him: 'I like the
confidence. I liked the performance. At time I felt you were a little
nervous and it was a little lacklustre at times.
'You're a karaoke king. For this competition I'm looking for an artist that's gonna break boundaries.'
Mixed response: Christopher Maloney's I'm Still Standing was labelled karaoke, while judges praised Jahmene Douglas's cover of Robbie Williams' Angels
Louis agreed with Nicole: 'It was a good song choice. Vocally it was very good. But it's like you're the karaoke king. You're not what the X Factor is about. It's like Heart radio every day. All the hits.'
Tulisa appealed to Christopher to sing a more modern track: 'I'm getting bored of telling you every week I don't like you. I think you have a great voice. My problem is you sing a song from the same era.'
As expected, Jahmene Douglas put on another stirring performance, belting out Robbie Williams' classic Angels.
Tulisa said: 'I love the fact you're a perfectionist. I completely think you could rip up the music industry.'
Gary added: 'I've never heard it sung like that before. That was absolutely incredible. The Key to your success is simplicity.'
Change of pace: District 3 moved Nicole to tears with their rendition of Eric Clapton's Tears In Heaven
District 3 moved Nicole to tears with their rendition of Eric Clapton's Tears In Heaven.
She told them: 'You brought me to tears. I love that song. It had a deep personal meaning for me today. I loved the arrangement.'
Tulisa admitted it was her favourite performance to date from the trio: 'Louis stripped everything back. It was just three lovely looking lads singing their hearts out. It was my favourite performance as of yet.'
Emotional: Nicole was moved to tears by District 3's performance
However, Gary had conflicting opinion: 'Great vocally, good song choice. There's something slightly dated about this band. There's something that's not got the edge. They have got the vocals and I hate saying that.'
With the theme this week being Best Of British, it was no surprise Rylan Clark performed a Spice Girls medley.
In a pre-recorded segment, the flamboyant Essex boy did a sky-dive into the studio wearing a Union Jack suit.
Spice Boy: Rylan Clark performed a medley of Spice Girls songs
Excited: Tulisa and Nicole were on their feet during Rylan's performance
Backed by a troupe of dancers, he performed a medley of Say You'll Be There, Who Do You Think You Are, Wannabe and Spice Up Your Life.
Despite his disdain for Rylan over the past few weeks, Gary appeared to have changed his mind.
He said: 'On the subject of fun that was absolutely brilliant.'
He's seen the light: Tulisa and Nicole hugged Gary when he said Rylan's performance was fun
Calm down! Nicole climbed on the desk following Rylan's performance
A thrilled Nicole and Tulisa hugged Gary, but then he added: 'BUT on the subject of vocals that was absolutely diabolical.'
Tulisa exclaimed: 'It was like the closing ceremony at the Olympics all over again. Everyone in this room enjoyed themselves apart from Grumpy Spice over here.'
Union J impressed with their soulful rendition of Coldplay's Fix You, with Jaymi Hensley singled out for his vocals.
Watch out for the pitching: Union J's rendition of Coldplay's Fix You went down pretty well
Nicole said: 'Jamie, your voice is so delicate and it has so much soul.'
However, Gary complained they had a few pitching problems on the choruses: 'Good job tonight. I thought you all sang it really well. There's often a bit of pitching problems.
'But you look right. You stand up there. It looks like something's big about to happen.'
Back where it all began: One Direction's pre-recorded performance was also broadcast on Saturday night
Meanwhile, X Factor 2010 alumni One Direction performed their new single Little Things in a pre-recorded performance.
The band are currently in America, but pre-recorded their performance, as well as an interview for the Xtra Factor.
It made for awkward TV viewing as Xtra Factor co-host Caroline Flack interviewed her ex Harry Styles along with his bandmembers.
Glam squad: Tulisa looks chic in a floor-length gown with her hair tucked under to look like a bob (left) while Nicole Scherzinger wore a white trouser suit
Enter the judges: Gary Barlow, Nicole, Tulisa and Louis Walsh enter the studio