‘The X Factor’ final draws lowest viewing figures in 10 years

Ben Haenow is crowned winner of ailing 11th series

ITV show The X Factor recorded its worst viewing figures for a final in 10 years.

Saturday’s (December 13) programme drew an average audience of 8.4 million, including viewers on catch-up services. Only the show’s first ever series drew a lower audience, when 8.1 million tuned in to watch Steve Brookstein win, reports the BBC.

The results show on Sunday (December 14) saw Croydon resident Ben Haenow beat Londoner Fleur East to the prize. Italian Andrea Faustini was voted off on Saturday. Haenow has released the One Republic track ‘Something I Need’ as his winner’s single.

East reprised her version of Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’ during Saturday’s show, despite the fact that she last week apologised to Ronson for forcing him to rush release his version of the track. The single was due to be released on January 11 but was rush released on Monday (December 8) after East’s performance on the show.

East told BBC Newsbeat that she was “really sorry” for changing Ronson’s plans for the track. “Yeah, I’m really sorry but all I can say is it’s props to all their creative hard work because it’s an amazing song,” said East. “I don’t know what they were thinking in their minds. I don’t think anyone expected my performance to be as popular as it was.”

Ronson’s version of ‘Uptown Funk’ topped the charts yesterday (December 14).