Dannii's boy Matt Cardle is crowned winner of the X Factor
- He beats Rebecca Ferguson into second place as One Direction come third
- Matt came top of the public vote EVERY week apart from the first one
- Sulky Cher fails to join him on stage with the rest of the contestants
- Emotional Cheryl suffers first loss, after her acts won previous two series
He was the cheeky painter and decorator from Essex who won the nation’s hearts with his scruffy charm and sensational voice.
Matt Cardle is unlikely to pick up a paintbrush again after beating
Rebecca Ferguson to win The X Factor in a victory that will make him a
More than 20million tuned in to ITV last night to see boy-next-door Cardle secure the £1million recording deal.
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Winner: Matt Cardle has been crowned the X Factor 2010 champion last night in a closely fought contest which saw Rebecca Ferguson come in second place followed by One Direction
And he broke down in tears as the
other finalists ran on to the stage to congratulate him, saying: ‘Thanks
from the bottom of my heart to everyone who voted for me. It feels
really good to be putting a record out soon.
‘To be the last man standing is just mind blowing.’
band One Direction lost out earlier in the evening after coming third
in the viewers’ vote, despite heavy backing from mentor Simon Cowell.
In tears: The painter-decorator was overwhelmed after receiving the news, seen right with mentor Dannii Minogue holding his single, a cover of Scottish band Biffy Clyro’s Many Of Horror (When We Collide)
Record deal sorted: Posing here alongside Dannii and X Factor supremo Simon Cowell
He was joined on stage by his fellow X Factor contenders, although one person not present was sulky Cher Lloyd who was eliminated in part 1 of the final on Saturday night.
It comes amid reports the 17-year-old threw a huge strop during rehearsals this week, screaming at production staff and claiming that judges Dannii and Louis hated her from the start.
During the ITV2 spin-off show the Xtra Factor last night, Simon commented: 'Everyone [the contestants] was happy for Matt, apart from one.'
Cardle, 27, had been favourite to win during most of the competition and impressed judges and fans with his edgy style, delivering his own take on songs by stars as varied as Britney Spears and Elton John.
Moment of truth: A nervous Matt and Rebecca are supported by their mentors as they await the result
Gracious in defeat: Rebecca said she was delighted for Matt and was just 'so grateful' to have come as far as she did in the contest
It was also revealed on the Xtra Factor that Matt topped the vote every week bar the first one, when he came second to Mary Byrne.
winner’s single will be a cover version of Scottish band Biffy Clyro’s
Many Of Horror (When We Collide) and is expected to be Christmas number
His mentor Dannii Minogue said: ‘He totally deserves it. Rebecca was incredible competition tonight. He didn’t really believe he had it.’
mother Jenny could barely contain her tears after congratulating her
son, saying: ‘I am just so proud of him. I have always believed in him, I
just didn’t realise it was going to work out so well. I think he’s
brilliant. I am glad other people do as well.’
Passionate: Matt performs his winner's single for the second time of the night after being crowned winner
Overwhelmed: Matt looked taken aback, breaking down and losing his voice during parts of his second rendition of the track as he took in the enormity of his win
support: Former X Factor finalist Stacey Solomon actually made it on
screen last night as she reported live from Matt's hometown of Colchester
in Essex having failed to get in shot on Saturday night's show
Winner: Matt is hoping to bag the Christmas No.1
Accepting her defeat graciously, Rebecca said: 'I'm so happy, so grateful and Matt's amazing. I'm just so happy to have got this far.
Her mentor Cheryl also looked close to tears and it comes as the first time in her three years on the show that she has not won, having previously guided Joe McElderry and Alexandra Burke to victory.
One Direction were given their marching orders first last night. Speaking after the result, mentor Simon Cowell said: 'I'm absolutely gutted for them.' But hinting a recording contract could still be on the cards, he added: 'All I can say is that this is just the beginning for these boys.'
One Direction member Zain Malik added: 'We're definitely going to stay together. This is not the end.'
is Matt's popularity – and the popularity of this year’s show, which has
regularly pulled in audiences in excess of 17million – that he is
expected to make £5million in the next year.
He is likely to earn £2million from record sales, a further £1million from recording sales, and around £2million from modelling and commercial deals.
I'll stand by you: Cheryl posted up a picture on her Twitter of her backstage at X Factor with Girls Aloud bandmates Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh
But while he has portrayed himself as a manual worker who dreams of making it as a star, Cardle comes from what friends have described as a ‘nice, middle class family’ and attended the £15,000-a-year Stoke College boarding school.
Cheryl was comforted afterwards by her Girls Aloud bandmates Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh, who had been in the X Factor final audience.
Afterwards, a picture of the trio was posted up by Cheryl's PR on their Twitter account.
What a diva: Rebecca performed the Eighties hit by the Eurythmics, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
Gracious: She was clad in a Philip Armstrong gold dress before wearing an intricate orange gown later in the show and became emotional as mentor Cheryl and the rest of the judges told her how proud they were of her
understood that he only worked as a painter and decorator to fund time
in the recording studio and to make an album with his old band Seven
He grew up in a £500,000, four-bedroom detached redbrick home in the village of Little Maplestead, Essex, and his parents own a logistics consultancy firm called Frazer-Nash Associates.
his father, a former chorister, says music is in the genes – and Cardle
is certainly a fighter, having had a kidney removed after suffering
from cancer at the age of two.
Elegant: Rebecca performed a cover of Duffy's Distant Dreamer, which would have been the track she released if she had won the contest
WAG on the scene: Coleen Rooney reported live from a crowd-strewn street in Liverpool, Rebecca's homeland
went on to quit school at 16 and attend a £500-a-week summer drama
college, where he formed a band called Darwyn. He was the main
songwriter in the group, which lasted for two years.
From there he joined alternative rock band Seven Summers, and released an album shortly before he auditioned for The X Factor.
will have noticed subtle changes to his style as the competition
progressed – he now regularly has a spray tan, has had his hair styled
and his teeth whitened.
the live shows began two months ago, fans have been won over by his
good looks and impressive voice, but his honesty has also won him
admirers in a year when the show has been dogged by rumours that results
have been fixed or leaked.
Cardle famously criticised Simon Cowell for keeping Katie Waissel in the show because she was good for ratings, and hit out at former rival Wagner Carrihlo for his lack of talent.
gutted: One Direction were the first of last night's X Factor finalists to
get the boot with Cowell saying he was 'gutted for them' but adding
'this is not the end'
We're through: Matt and Rebecca react with shock as they are told they are in the final two
he found himself at the centre of a fresh phone controversy last night
after some callers who had been trying to vote for Miss Ferguson claimed
to have received automated messages thanking them for voting for him.
A spokesman said no complaints had been made and no problems had been reported to them.
were also concerns the voting was being leaked early after a poll on Twitter put Cardle in first place, ahead of Miss Ferguson, with
One Direction third.
Big future ahead of them: One Direction performed Natalie Imbruglia's Torn to huge cheers from the crowd
Keeping their fingers crossed: Corrie star Michelle Keegan reported live from Louis Tomlinson's hometown of Doncaster
night’s grand finale, which saw Take That make a return to the show to
perform their hit Never Forget with the three finalists, is expected to
have garnered ITV’s biggest audience of the year.
delivered a rendition of Katy Perry’s Fireworks – which Simon Cowell
hailed as one of his best performances yet.
Miss Ferguson was also told that she had ‘one heck of a recording voice’ by Cowell after her performance of Eurythmics’ classic Sweet Dreams.
Nice trousers: Matt's first song of the night was Katy Perry's Firework, which he received high praise from the judges for, although Simon was not a fan of his neon trousers
Explosive: The performance was punctuated with a colourful lights show and explosions
The mother of two, who has studied to be a legal secretary to give her young children a better start in life, was commended as a ‘wonderful role model’ and Louis Walsh said she was living proof that ‘nice people could do well’.
Rooney was drafted in to talk to fans back in Liverpool about Miss
Ferguson’s performance, while former contestant Stacey Solomon was
representing Cardle’s fans in Essex.
One Direction sang Torn, first made famous by Natalie Imbruglia, prompting the judges to insist that regardless of whether they won the competition they would get a recording deal. Cowell insisted: ‘This is just the beginning for these boys’.
Crowd pleaser: To open the show the three finalists performed with Take That as they sang Never Forget ensemble
Back For Good: The band later performed The Flood to rapturous applause from the audience, with Jason backing Rebecca to win and Gary batting for Matt
Band member Zain Malik said: ‘We are going to stay together and this is not the last you have seen of One Direction.’
All of the top five acts in the competition – Cardle, Miss Ferguson, One Direction, Cher Lloyd and Mary Byrne – will be handed recording deals.
Let the battle commence: The X Factor judges arrive on to the stage at the start of the final
The last stand: Cheryl looked stunning in a red fishtail gown while Dannii opted for a plunging, glittering off-white dress
source close to Cowell said he felt all of them had potential to be
very successful and would appeal to different demographics.
source said: ‘This is the biggest shop window in Britain. We are
looking at potentially five millionaires. This series has been the most
popular and everyone who is left has huge followings. They all have
their own appeal and quite separate fan bases.’
Former Tesco cashier Miss Byrne, 51, is set to make more than a £1million and will work with Louis Walsh on a record featuring soul songs and West End favourites.
Ensemble: Some of the most colourful and controversial contestants from the series performed a group rendition of Lady Gaga's bad romance, escort girl Chloe Mafia seen centre in a revealing outfit
Hoping for Christmas No.1: Matt at the start of the night after performing his first song of the evening
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