Former painter and decorator, Matt Cardle, last night won the UK’s biggest reality TV entertainment show, The X Factor. But his performance was in doubt right to the wire. Matt, the favorite from the beginning, had suffered a sore throat for weeks, variously reported as a cold, flu and tonsillitis.
Matt called out a doctor as late as midnight on Saturday, between the finale two shows, because he was so worried about losing his voice. He later revealed that the combination of prescribed medication and home remedies has left him with no memory of his win!
“I don’t remember anything. I was so jacked up on steroids and adrenalin,” he said, revealing he was knocking back whiskey shots on the evening of the performance too. He attributed his win to the medication and a pair of lucky black and green socks that he wore for every show, refusing to wash them.
It was also revealed that hot favorite Matt had topped the voting polls every week from week 2 onwards. There was a certain air of inevitability about his win, and perhaps it was this that made the X Factor final less of an event than usual. Most performers failed to hit their previous form, according to online commentators and show fans.
One show insider said that Matt was “a little tipsy” when performing, and he was even quieter than usual in interviews with host, Dermot O’Leary. But Matt proved a popular and worthy winner. Now the battle is on for the Christmas number one. In yet another ‘protest’ to end the X Factor stranglehold on the Christmas charts, a Facebook page has been set up to bag the Number 1 spot for Biffy Clithero’s original version of ‘Many of Horror’, released as the winner’s single under the name of ‘We Collide’. Pretty soon there’s going to be an X Factor protester stranglehold on the UK Christmas Top 40!