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X Factor's James Arthur accused of copying YouTube star

James Arthur has been accused of copying his cover of Sexy And I Know It on Saturday night's X Factor from an American performer called Noah.

James impressed all four judges on the show with his twist on the LMFAO tune, which was almost unrecognisable from the original.

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Gary Barlow said: “You turned that song on its head. It’s a silly dance song but you gave those lyrics meaning tonight.”

He added: “This wasn’t the performance of the night, it was the performance of the series so far.”

And Louis Walsh enthused: "What a brilliant interpretation. You are a real professional, you had a tough week but when you get on that stage you own it.”

But fans of a YouTube star named Noah, who has 21,688 followers on Twitter, quickly noted that James' version of the dance track sounded very familiar.

Noah's cover of Sexy And I Know It has had over 13 million views on YouTube and puts the same indie twist on the song.


One angry fan wrote: "All work is done by Noah and James gets the fame! This makes me feel sick in my stomach!"

Another said: "It just made me mad, that half Europe will sing a rendition you made...because it will now land all over the uk :( that sucks!"

Though James didn't mention 18-year-old Noah when receiving praise for his version of the track from the judges, he did take to Twitter to thank him.

James, 24, tweeted: "@only1noah thnx for the inspiration Noah! the Xfactoruk team loved your version and asked me to put a spin on your spin + fatboyslim feel x."

And there were obviously no hard feelings, as Noah replied: "Thx Gr8 job!"

And some of Noah's fans were rather pleased his cover got recognition by such a huge TV show.

One wrote: "So amazing that James Arthur covered Noah Guthrie's version of Sexy And I Know It on X Factor, YEAH NOAH!!"

Watch Noah's cover of Sexy And I Know It...


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