The former champion returned to the stage during Sunday (9 October) night’s results show to sing his new single ‘Say You Won’t Let Me Go’, following a difficult few years in the spotlight.
As he spoke to host Dermot O’Leary at the end of his performance, James used the opportunity to raise awareness of mental illness.
“Can I quickly say one thing?” he asked Dermot.
“Tomorrow is world Mental Health Day. Please hashtag #Glitch. Let’s get people talking about mental health.”
His plea due widespread praise on social media:
James has spoken openly about his struggles with depression and anxiety in recent weeks, revealing how it has affected him since he won ‘The X Factor’ in 2012.
“It’s something that’s become part of my life,” he told BBC Newsbeat.
James return to ‘X Factor’ came after he was re-signed by Simon Cowell’s Syco record label, having been dropped in 2014.
He was praised by former mentor Nicole Scherzinger, who commented: “I’m so proud that we get to be back here together. I’ve always told you over the years that, no matter what, the cream always rises to the top. You’re back on top where you belong. To me, you’re the best winner this show has ever had.”
James later took to Twitter, claiming his comeback had been so nerve-wracking that he’d messed up his lyrics.
Simon also praised him on the social networking site:
‘The X Factor’ continues on Saturday at 8pm on ITV.
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