James Arthur is "blessed" to be in 'X Factor'.

The guitar-playing contestant - who suffered with panic attacks earlier on in the talent show - admits he has struggled with fame since he started on the show, but is still delighted to be a part of the process.

Speaking at the launch of Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland in London yesterday (22.11.12), he exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "I still struggle with the photo thing to be honest, when people want photos, but I've always had that.

"But I do feel really blessed, it's been an amazing journey so far. I'm really appreciative of everything that's happened."

James recently revealed he was devastated to have made it through to the quarter finals of the show at the expense of Ella Henderson, who was voted off the competition on Sunday (18.11.12).

He said: "It hasn't really sunk in, at some point I expected to be in the bottom two, but never did I think I'd be against someone like Ella.

"She should've been in the final - I hate the fact that it's me that went through at the expense of Ella. But I'm obviously encouraged by the fact that I got the public vote.

"I think it should have been her out of the bottom two - it should have been me and someone else."