James is enjoying getting recognised

X Factor finalist James Arthur enjoyed a wild night out with the programme’s other contestants over the weekend.

The singer, 24 – who’s been given a shock makeover ahead of the first live show this Saturday – reportedly hooked up with Take Me Out girl Chanelle McCleary, 20, in London club Whisky Mist.

‘It was James who was all over this one girl. They were snogging each other’s faces off. They were still at it when most clubbers had left,’ says a source.

‘They emerged looking sheepish at 4am then disappeared into the night.’

James was taken through to the live shows – along with Rylan Clark and Jahmene Douglas – by the boys’ mentor Nicole Scherzinger last weekend.

He and the other acts have been getting a lot of attention since the episode aired.

‘Everyone was very shocked to see The X Factor finalists out for the first time and got very excited,’ the insider tells The Sun.

‘A lot of the girls from Take Me Out were at the club and when the X Factor lot came in, they pounced.’

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Anna Duff