The former season nine champ performed his latest single “Empty Space,” which helped break up the tension on the intense elimination round. “Empty Space” is a classic James Arthur ballad in which he's trying to convince himself he's not missing a lost love. His performance follows the release of a still video for the song as well as a vertical video.
Arthur woos his listeners who are swaying at the foot of the stage with his aching, vulnerable track about longing for the only one who can fill his empty space. Watch his entire performance in the video attached above.
Former One Direction member Liam Payne also returned to “The X Factor UK” stage to perform his latest collaboration with Jonas Blue and Lennon Stella, “Polaroid.” When asked by host Dermot O'Leary which act he likes, Payne called out Boys contender Brendan Murray, who Louis Tomlinson pressed his Golden X for during the Six Chair Challenge. Payne helped his former 1D bandmate choose which acts to take to the live shows from the Judges’ Houses round and was impressed with Brendan’s unique tone.
Following the live guest performances, two acts were voted off this week. Struggling boyband United Vibe received the lowest number of public votes and were sent home. Girls contender Molly Scott performed in a sing-off against teen duo Acacia and Aaliyah. Ultimately, Molly was sent home following the judges’ vote. Scott’s mentor, Simon Cowell, was the only judge who voted to keep her in the competition.
As previously reported, James Arthur recently teased he’s working on a new album via a fan Q & A session on Twitter. A release date for the record is still TBD.
“The X Factor UK” airs in the U.S. on Sundays and Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on AXS TV. U.S. viewers can weigh in on the broadcast using #UKintheUSA on social media. Stay tuned to AXS for James Arthur and “X Factor UK” updates.