X Factor winner Matt Cardle has revealed how he got through the competition thanks to a lucky bag of rubbish.
The superstitious victor said he had been hoarding bits of old tat for weeks in a bid to continue his streak.
Almost 20 million people watched the former painter and decorator sing his way to triumph by winning the ITV1 talent show.
He is now aiming for a Christmas number one with debut single When We Collide, a cover of a track by Scottish rock trio Biffy Clyro.
Cardle, 27, from Colchester in Essex, beat Liverpudlian Rebecca Ferguson as the huge show reached its climax on Sunday night.
And he admitted he had been carrying out a bizarre ritual to ensure all went smoothly. "I'm so superstitious and I put any kind of rubbish that I get, old sweet wrappers, cigarette wrappers, anything like that, in my bag," he told ITV morning show Lorraine. "If I get through a round, then I don't take it out, so my bag is literally bursting with rubbish."
Cardle previously fronted his own guitar band Seven Summers and he suggested that he would be more comfortable in a bigger line-up than as a solo star.
He told presenter Lorraine Kelly: "I would love to front a band, the camaraderie you have in a band, especially if you go on the road, you want to share those experiences. When you come off stage you're buzzing, (it would be great to have) someone there to buzz with you and bounce around with. But this is all stuff to think about. I'm still in the bubble."
Cardle appeared overwhelmed when he was announced as the winner by show host Dermot O'Leary. He said: "I just want to say thanks so much from the bottom of my heart and congratulations to everyone who got to this stage because I'm so proud, everybody should be so proud."
Programme boss Simon Cowell paid tribute to the singer moments after he won. "I've got to hand it to you Matt, you are one heck of a nice guy, you sang your way to win this show," Cowell said.