X Factor winner Matt Cardle: ‘I’m glad I was dropped by my record label’

Singer says he's excited about his new musical direction

X Factor winner Matt Cardle has claimed he’s glad he’s been dropped by his record label after releasing just one album.

Speaking to The Sun, the singer said he would now have the freedom to do his own thing. “I think we were going in different ways,” he said. “I feel super-excited to be finally in control, and fully in control of what I am doing musically and the direction I am going in.”

I don’t think you can expect anything in this industry. You have just got to do your best and I feel what I have done has worked well and it wasn’t right for the position we were both in.

Cardle beat off competition from teen popsters One Direction to take the reality show’s crown in 2010. He left Columbia Records this month after the release of his debut album, ‘Letters’.

The album missed out on the Number One spot to Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ self-titled debut, but still shifted over 250,000 copies. However, this pales in comparison to million-selling winners such as Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke.

Steve Brookstein won the first ever show in 2004 and was dropped just eight months later.

And the 2005 winner Shayne Ward was dropped last year, at the same time as 2009 winner Joe McElderry.