He blew everyone away with his rendition of 'Proud Mary' at this year's Boot Camp but was sent home by boys' mentor Nicole Scherzinger at Judges' Houses.
Well, he's been watching X Factor (obvs) and not holding back when it comes to his thoughts on the acts who did make the finals… and one act he doesn't seem too impressed with is the controversial Honey G.
James certainly wasn't mincing his words when he tweeted on 22 October: "She's really starting to piss me off! It's the same lyrics with a different tune every week."
And following Saturday night's Diva Week performances, he tweeted the next day: "Sorry I didn't answer more of your questions last night, I fell asleep at Honey G and her s**t rendition of a diva song.. boringgg!"
James didn't stop there, however, going on to say: "Probably remortgaged her house to vote for her self cause the public are deluded if they are voting for that.. it's a piss take, she's S**T!"
Shes really starting to piss me off! Its the same lyrics with a different tune everyweek. Shes a DIVA so this weeks for her https://t.co/9nS7fL5Kfy— James Hughes (@JamesH_Sings) October 22, 2016
Sorry I didnt answer more of your questions lastnight, I fell asleep at Honey G and her shit rendition of a diva song.. boringgg!— James Hughes (@JamesH_Sings) October 23, 2016
Probably remortgaged her house to vote for her self cause the public are deluded if they are voting for that.. its a piss take, shes SHIT! https://t.co/6jC45zuLaw— James Hughes (@JamesH_Sings) October 23, 2016
And there was more…
After Relley C and Four of Diamonds landed in the bottom two this week, James lashed out: "The public are blind to talent!! Such a f**king joke both bottom two acts are 100% better than that s**t rapping bitch I'm pissed."
Perhaps realising that was harsh, he followed up by saying: "Sorry that's horrible, Honey G has done well to get that far but her talent isn't rapping. Knitting maybe, rapping no! @Relley_C is a star."
Relley was eliminated in the sing off.
When a Twitter user suggested James should "learn when to stop" with his tweets, the aspiring singer fired back: "So do you, thanks for your opinion but I don't give a s**t! I'll say what I like if you don't like it then unfollow."
And when another user commented that James was coming across as jealous, he replied: "I have my own music to look forward to. Its a talent show and your lucky if there are 4 talented people on it! It's embarrassing."
Honey G, meanwhile, hasn't said anything about James' tweets but she's made it clear on numerous occasions she's not bothered in the slightest what people say about her; the only focus she has is winning the competition.
"I've just been focusing on the competition and my song and not worrying what people are saying online," she said when the live shows began.
"There are those people saying I shouldn't have been put through. My Twitter is going so mad now I don't have time to look through all the messages and I don't react. I've made it here and I'm through so it's like, "f**k you." Middle finger to the haters. I've been a musician my whole life and I've been involved in urban music a large part of my life."
And while James may not like her, she's certainly winning the public, having successfully made it through to week four of the live shows without landing in the bottom three. She's also earned praise from the judging panel: Simon Cowell has admitted Honey G is his guilty pleasure, while her mentor Sharon has said Honey G brings fun and entertainment to the talent show.
Meanwhile, rappers Snoop Dogg and 50 Cent have both thrown their support behind her, with Snoop even saying he'd fly to the UK to duet with her if she made the finale!
X Factor continues Saturday, 8pm on ITV.
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