THE parents of X Factor singing star Matt Cardle have said they are “bursting with pride” after seeing their son crowned as the competition’s winner on Sunday night.
Watched by an estimated peak TV audience of 20 million, Matt, 27, who lives with his parents David and Jenny at the family home in Little Maplestead, was rewarded for a string of stunning performances with a £1million record contract.
Speaking on Tuesday, David Cardle said: “The last 48 hours have been a whirlwind.
“It was so wonderful to see Matt win. It’s not been easy for him over the years.
“He’s been through 14 years of performing in pubs and clubs with sticky floors in front of two people to get to where he is now.”
During the final, Matt performed a series of songs, including a duet with international superstar Rihanna, before walking off with 44.61 per cent of the public vote.
He now faces a hectic schedule over the coming weeks as he attempts to reach Christmas number one with his cover of When We Collide, originally sung by Scottish indie band Biffy Clyro.
For the full story and more reaction, see this week’s Free Press.