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MATT TERRY CROWNED WINNER OF X FACTOR 2016 AFTER BEATING SAARA AaLTO IN STUNNING LIVE FINAL


Matt winner of the X Factor 2016

"Thank you so much everybody," Matt said as he won.

"You came into this final as good artists, you ended as great artists.," said Simon Cowell.

"What I promise you Matt, we will give you one hundred percent, you deserve this opportunity."

"I'm just so happy for Matt, I love you," said Saara just before Matt was sent onto the stage to perform the winner's single which was written by Ed Sheeran.

The winner's song, When Christmas Comes Around, is a holiday themed ballad and was co-written by Amy Wadge just two weeks ago before being sent to Simon Cowell for consideration.

Matt Terry has been crowned winner of The X Factor 2016 following Sunday night's final.

Bromley-born Matt was left astounded as he discovered he had beat out competition from fellow hopeful Saara Aalto, 29, after the duo battled it out in the live show in Wembley Arena.

Mentored by Nicole Scherzinger, the 23-year-old won in the show's 13th series after which he belted out the winner's single Christmas Comes Around, written by Ed Sheeran. He is the eighth solo male

Nicole hugged Matt after his emotional victory

Gracious Saara conceded after she narrowly missed the crown: 'Thank you people for all the support this has been amazing so I'm so happy and I'm so happy for Matt.'

Matt still in shock after host Dermot O'Leary announced the winner

Nicole Scherzinger Matt's mentor looked emotional and happy

Kylie Minogue pictured performing on stage at the live final

After host Dermot O'Leary announced the news that he had won, Matt's reaction was so theatrical that he collapsed to the floor shortly before scooping his mentor into his arms.

The show's chief judge, Simon Cowell praised the rising star for his win as he said: 'Matt it's your night, it's an important record you know that' - a comment which could allude to his status as a male winner.

X Factor finalists pictured on stage celebrating with Matt

  • Bromley-born Matt, 23, became the sixth male contestant to win the show on Sunday night

  • Previous male winners including Ben Haenow, Steve Brookstein and Shayne Ward have been dropped by Simon Cowell's record label Syco, in the past

  • Matt was mentored by Nicole Scherzinger, the solo artist beat Finnish act Saara, 29, to take the win

  • He will release a festive track written by chart-topper Ed, just in time for Christmas

  • The live final at Wembley Arena saw performances from Kylie, Little Mix and Madness

  • Voting records revealed it was one of the closest wins in history - beating Saara 48.5% to her 40.4% after the freeze, but only securing the higher vote on Sunday night​​

Matt fell to the floor in shock after his sensational win

Little Mix also performed on stage at the X Factor live final on Sunday