LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Former painter and decorator Matt Cardle won Britain's "The X Factor" on Sunday, pipping Liverpudlian Rebecca Ferguson in the final poll in the ITV show watched by millions.
Cardle, 27, sang "Many of Horror" by Scottish band Biffy Clyro in the final, a track which will now be released as a single and is among the frontrunners to claim the coveted Christmas number one chart slot next week.
Cardle, from Colchester in Essex, had been coached by Dannii Minogue and was the bookmakers' Favorite ahead of the show.
Ferguson, 24, performed "Distant Dreamer" by Welsh singer Duffy in her last performance. Her jazz-tinged vocals had won her many admirers throughout the series as she shook off her initial stage fright.
Cardle, who also plays guitar, was the other obvious stand-out act from the thousands who auditioned for the show.
Teenage boy band One Direction, bidding to become the first group to win the competition, were eliminated earlier in the final show and finished third.