Fans have been giving their verdict after Matt Terry was crowned this year’s X Factor winner.
The 23-year-old waiter beat Finnish singer Saara Aalto to clinch the title at Wembley Arena after he performed Randy Crawford’s 1980 hit ‘One Day I’ll Fly Away’.
One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson, was one of the first to congratulate Terry, tweeting: “Congratulations MattTerry93! Well deserved. XFactorFinal”.
Many fans were delighted by Terry’s victory saying it was “well deserved” and they were “so proud”.
Others criticised his win and the show for churning out another predictable winner.
See more reactions to his victory below.
Awww Matt Terry winning X Factor is soo well deserved:)
— PAULA.B (@humajenkins) December 12, 2016
HE WON HE WON HE WON YAAAAAAAS MATT TERRY WON THE X-FACTOR WHOOP! FINALLY THE CONTESTANT I WAS ROOTING FOR ACTUALLY WON THIS YEAR #XFACTOR
— ْ (@CoIbyCock) December 12, 2016
Sobbing. My Matt Terry not only just won X Factor but his final performance was PURPLE RAIN
— Jerrica (@jerricalynn) December 12, 2016
OMG MATT TERRY WON THE X FACTOR SHUT UP ??? I'M SO PROUD OF YOU BABY!!!!!!!!! @MattTerry93
— I LOVE FABINHO. ??? (@atikabecker) December 12, 2016
matt terry the winner of x factor uk 2016 im so happy right now pic.twitter.com/dmQ0BzIfzo
— maifawzy (@maifawz20622772) December 12, 2016
Matt Terry has won this year's X Factor pic.twitter.com/WLupZFP4HR
— Paddy McMahon ? (@mcmahonpaddy) December 12, 2016
i'm actually so sad matt terry won the x factor???? idk, just disappointed
— karina cruz (@KarinaCCruzz) December 12, 2016
Matt Terry has inherited a poisoned chalice.NO male vocalist winner of the X factor has EVER succeeded in the music industry.Sad but True!!?
— Michael Warden (@sonoffisher) December 12, 2016
Terry also posted a lengthy statement on Twitter expressing his thanks to those that supported him.
— Matt Terry (@MattTerry93) December 12, 2016
Following his victory, it was also revealed that Ed Sheeran was the writer of this year’s winner’s single, ‘When Christmas Comes Around’.
Meanwhile, former winner James Arthur recently revealed that he was “always high” during his X Factor appearances.
The Middlesbrough-born singer won the ninth series of the ITV singing contest in 2012. His debut single ‘Impossible’ reach number one while his self-titled debut album peaked at number two the following year. His career then experienced a slump before his unlikely comeback this year.
The singer said: “James Arthur of X Factor was probably always high. I’m much more present and more here [now].”
Arthur has previously opened up about his struggles with drug abuse. In September, he told The Sun: “My lowest moment was when I was going to bed, I’d take 15 pre-rolled joints and smoke one after the other, popping anti-depressants. My head was an absolute mess… Quitting drugs has helped me gain some perspective. I don’t recognise that artist in my first album.”
After being dropped from Simon Cowell’s label Syco Records, Arthur has experienced a resurgence this year and resigned to the label.
Comeback hit ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ reached number one in the UK and new album ‘Back From The Edge’ also reached top spot.