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Waiter Matt has the X Factor as he beats Saara to take the crown

By Staff Reporter

Waiter Matt Terry has been crowned the winner of the X Factor 2016.

The 23-year-old beat Sharon Osbourne's finalist, Finnish singer Saara Aalto, to clinch the title at a star-studded show held at Wembley Arena.

Led by Nicole Scherzinger, Terry celebrated clinching the ITV flagship entertainment show's 13th series, after which he sang the winner's single Christmas Comes Around, written by Ed Sheeran and Welsh songwriter Amy Wadge.

Terry had earlier picked Sam Smith's Bond theme tune, Writing's On The Wall, as his favourite song of the show.

His final song was a rendition of Randy Crawford's 1980 hit, One Day I'll Fly Away.

Host Dermot O'Leary said there had been a total of 6.4 million votes cast for this year's show.

A tearful Terry, from Bromley, said: "Thank you so much."

This is the second win for his mentor, former Pussycat Dolls lead singer Scherzinger, who mentored James Arthur, the winner of the 2012 series.

During Saturday night's semi-final show, Terry sang Jess Glynne's Take Me Home and teamed up with Scherzinger for a rendition of the Prince hit, Purple Rain.

Ahead of the Sunday finale, Terry tweeted his thanks to his fans, writing: "Feeling blessed and grateful for all of you right now. Let's do this together.

"Thank you for being here with me every step of the way."

During his first X Factor audition he sang Ben E. King's Stand By Me and was told by head judge Simon Cowell that he reminded him of Olly Murs, who was the show's runner-up in 2009.

Following Terry's win, Cowell promised him "we'll give you 100%".

Cowell said: "I want to say to both of you, you came into this final as good artists and you've ended as great artists.

"The thing I'm most proud about, about this show, is seeing Little Mix and some of these other artists tonight, what they've done with their lives, and this is why we make this show.

"You are now part of that chapter."

The music mogul told Aalto she had been "incredible", and ended by saying: "But Matt, it's your night and this is an important record, you know why."

Runner-up Aalto thanked everyone for their support.

She told O'Leary: "This has been an amazing journey.

"I'm just so happy for Matt, congratulations, I love you."

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