James has Dawn’s vote

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X FACTOR finalist James Arthur has a “massive future” regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s show.

That is the view of Dawn McManus, founder of Hartlepool performing charity Red Dreams, who watched the Teesside singing sensation in action at this year’s Pitch Invasion festival, at Hartlepool’s Victoria Park.

The 24-year-old has since taken this year’s X Factor by storm and Dawn, 42, admits she has voted every single week to keep James in the competition.

After an unpredictable series which saw the bookies favourite Ella sent home early after receiving the fewest public votes, Dawn admits she has absolutely no idea how Saturday’s final will turn out.

But one thing she is sure of is the glittering career which lies ahead of the Saltburn lad.

“James has done absolutely amazing,” said Dawn, who set up Red Dreams following the tragic death of her 16-year-old son Kyle in 2007.

“This year the show has been so unpredictable and any of the three could win it on Saturday.

“But whether he wins it or not, he’s going to go far.”

James will be up against Jahmene Douglas and Christopher Maloney in Saturday’s final and Dawn said she will definitely have her phone ready to cast her vote in support of the Teessider.

“He’s so original and I look forward to his performances every week,” she added.

It was earlier this year when Dawn and husband Ian, 42, first saw James Arthur perform at the popular Pitch Invasion festival.

And she says his meteoric rise in the last six months has inspired young town performers at Red Dreams.

“We can always say we saw him first at our festival,” added Dawn, who lives in the Owton Manor area of Hartlepool.

“All the young people who played at Pitch have been saying they played on the same stage as him, it’s a huge confidence builder for them.”