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X Factor 2012: The Final

Well X Factor 2012 is all over, and it’s been a rollercoaster of a series, with highs and lows in both the style and singing stakes. We were delighted to see James Arthur take the title, a unique and worthy winner!

With contestants like Rylan and Christopher dividing opinion right down the middle, the shock exit of Ella Henderson half-way through and new judge Nicole Scherzinger inventing a whole new slant on the English language, we’ve been glued to every minute.

Our pick for the most stylish contestant had to be sixteen year old smash hit Ella Henderson, with a powerful voice and a keen fashion sense beyond her years. She started out with a strong retro influence, moving through a series of chic braided styles throughout the live shows.

Her huge, fantasy-style bun for Halloween week divided opinion, but we thought it was a gorgeous take on the theme. Overall her style was the ideal middle point between youthful and glamorous, she’ll go far!

Over on the judging panel, however, it was a weekly tussle between Tulisa and Nicole for the title of Most Stylish. We think Nicole got it right most often this series, always setting off her wardrobe with her luxurious hairstyles to perfection.

The lads from Union J get honourable mention among the men’s hair wars, if only for Josh’s transformation into a dapper gent at the hands of the stylists – that quiff was the makeover of the series!

Love him or hate him, though, the hair headline grabber of the X Factor this year has to be Rylan Clark. Starting the series with long blonde locks, he paired his immaculate facial hair with a jet black quiff at the start of the live shows. The beard may have come and go, but there was never a hair out of place for the controversial Essex boy, and with some serious dance routines that’s no mean feat!

This weekend’s final saw Christopher Maloney just miss out on the Sunday night show, bowing out after this duet with Gary Barlow. The competition was tight to the finish between Nicole’s boys, Jahmene and James, but it was James Arthur who finally grabbed the title. A worthy winner, we think, if only because of his undeniable personal style.

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