Shontelle has the X Factor

beadottin, beadottin@nationnews.com

Added 17 December 2012

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Barbadian singer Shontelle Layne wasn’t on Britain’s X Factor finale but her song Impossible was. Winner James Arthur, 24, put in the performance of his life in front of 10 000 screaming fans in Manchester to beat Jahmene Douglas for the coveted title. The Middlesborough-born singer earned a standing ovation from the judges and brought the house down with his incredible rendition of Shontelle’s hit Impossible, which could be a Christmas’ No.1 single. Picked by his mentor Nicole Scherzinger, when the single was released at midnight, it shot straight to the top of the iTunes charts – overtaking will.i.am and Britney Spears’ Scream & Shout. It is now on US iTunes at No.14 and is No.16 on UK iTunes. On Sunday after Arthur was crowned king, Shontelle sent out a tweet saying: Congrats to @JamesArthur23 on winning the Xfactor 2012! @NicoleScherzy you did a great job! Thanks for choosing Impossible! Lots of love xxx. In another tweet on Monday Shontelle said: Can’t keep a good song down! Proud to be a part of xfactor and Music. Congrats again James.   More big things are happening for the Bajan songstress who will soon be releasing album No.3, which is still untitled. “Music fans can definitely expect growth and evolution with the new album. Album three will be very raw and personal,” Shontelle said. “There are also some very incredible collaborations. My fans demand it, so they’re gonna get it. They want more fun and less tears. But you know you shouldn’t try to fix something that’s not broken and you can’t leave your core base behind, so you can still expect those classic Shontelle power ballad/tear jerkers.” The video for the lead single Put Me On Blast, was shot last week in Los Angeles, California. No date has been given for its release. (NS)

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