Matt Cardle
Contestant Profile
Birth Date 15 April 1983
Age 35
Hometown Southampton, Hampshire, England
Occupation Singer


Category Boys
Mentor Dannii Minogue
Placement Winner (1/16)
Matthew Sheridan Cardle (born 15 April 1983) is an English singer. He auditioned for Series 7 of The X Factor UK and made it all the way to the final as part of the Boys category mentored by Dannii Minogue.

Due to the eliminations of Nicolò Festa, Aiden Grimshaw and Paije Richardson, Cardle was the only act left in his category. He was crowned the winner defeating Rebecca Ferguson from the Girls category mentored by Cheryl Cole.


Episode Theme Song Result
Audition Free choice "You Know I'm No Good" Advanced
Bootcamp 1 Group performance "Paparazzi" Advanced
Bootcamp 2 Solo performance "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" Advanced
Judges' houses Free choice "If I Were a Boy" Advanced
Week 1 Number one singles "When Love Takes Over" Safe
Week 2 Heroes "Just the Way You Are" Safe
Week 3 Guilty Pleasures "...Baby One More Time" Safe
Week 4 Halloween "Bleeding Love" Safe
Week 5 American anthems "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" Safe
Week 6 Songs by Elton John "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" Safe
Week 7 Songs by The Beatles "Come Together" Safe
Week 8 Rock "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" Safe
"Nights in White Satin"
Week 9: Semi-final Club classics "You Got the Love" Safe
Songs to get you to the final "She's Always a Woman"
Week 10: Final Free choice "Here with Me" Winner
Celebrity duets "Unfaithful" (with Rihanna)
Final results Free choice "Firework"
Winner's single "When We Collide"

Post-The X Factor



  • Although he mentioned in his audition that he was working as a painter he admitted in a 2016 interview that this was actually not true.
UK Series 7 Finalists
Aiden GrimshawBelle AmieCher LloydDiva FeverF.Y.D.Katie WaisselMary ByrneMatt CardleNicolò FestaOne DirectionPaije RichardsonRebecca FergusonStorm LeeTreyc CohenWagner
The X Factor UK Winners
Steve BrooksteinShayne WardLeona LewisLeon JacksonAlexandra BurkeJoe McElderryMatt CardleLittle MixJames ArthurSam BaileyBen HaenowLouisa JohnsonMatt TerryRak-SuDalton Harris