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 April 15, 1983) is an English singer-songwriter who rose to fame after winning Series 7 of The X Factor in 2010. He was mentored by Dannii Minogue in the Boys category.


Prior to the show, he was part of a band called Seven Summers as the lead guitarist and singer. He also had played in a band called Darwyn.

The X Factor

Cardle auditioned in London with the Amy Whinehouse song, "You Know I'm No Good." He got all three yeses and proceeded on to Bootcamp. He was put into the over 25s category and he sang "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face". Later, after Nicole Scherzinger changed "over 25s" to "over 28s", he was put into the Boys category. He was put through to judges houses where he and the rest of the boys flew to Australia to find out their mentor was Dannii Minogue. She selected him to be one of her Top 3 finalists.

Week after week, he gave standout performances, most notably a rendition of "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" and made it to the final along with Rebecca Ferguson, One Direction and Cher Lloyd.

His final performance was of Biffy Clyro's "Many of Horrors" which would be released as the winner's single "When We Collide". He was crowned the winner and voting statistics released after the show revealed that he had topped the vote every week from Week 2 onwards. signed a deal with Syco Music in a joint venture with Columbia Records, making him the first X Factor winner not to be signed exclusively to Simon Cowell's record company, and released his first single, "When We Collide", after he had won. The single was the UK Christmas #1.


Post The X Factor

On August 18, 2011, Cardle announced that his first album, Letters, would be released on October 17, 2011. The album's first single, "Run For Your Life", was released to radio on September 5, 2011 on BBC Radio 1 just ahead of its October 9 release date. "Run For Your Life" became a hit, reaching #6 on the UK Singles Chart while Letters debuted at #2 on the UK Albums Chart. Two more singles from the album, "Starlight" and "Amazing", were also release but neither made much of an impact on the UK charts.

In March 2012, Cardle embarked on a 23-city UK-Ireland concert tour.

Label departure

On May 20, 2012 Cardle announced via Twitter that he had parted ways with Sony Music and Columbia Records, who declined to comment on the situation. In an October 2012 interview, he explained that his reason for leaving Sony was because he wasn't a priority, and that their focus was more on the group One Direction, who have acheived huge success all over the world. Despite admitting to being proud of the group, whom he competed against during series 7, for their success, Cardle admitted that, "I needed to be a bit selfish. I asked Sony to let me go and they said OK."

The Fire (2012-2013)

On September 9, 2012 Cardle announced that he had signed a new record deal with So What Recordings, part of the Silva Screen Music Group. Cardle's second album, The Fire, was released on October 29, 2012. The album became Cardle's second straight top ten album, debuting at number 8 on the UK Album Charts. On December 10, 2012, Cardle announced an Unplugged concert tour on his website. Tickets went on sale two days later with some dates selling out on the first day. The tour ran from April to May of 2013.

Porcelain (2013-2014)

On April 16, 2013, Cardle announced via a video message to fans on Facebook that he was working on songs for a new album. In July, Music Week announced that he had left So What Recordings and had teamed up with Absolute Marketing. The album, Porcelain, was released on October 28, 2013. It debuted at number 11 on the UK Album Chart. The first single, "Loving You", a duet with Melanie C, was released on August 18, 2013 and became a hit, reaching number 14 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Cardle's third top 40 single. A tour in support of the album will kick off in April 2014.

Entering rehab

On December 30, 2013, The Huffington Post UK reported that Cardle had admitted himself into a rehab facility for an addiction to prescription medication, primarily temazepam and Valium.

2015-Present: Memphis and fourth studio album Higher Power

In August 2014, he confirmed that he was working on his fourth studio album, which would be more electronic than his previous efforts. In May 2015, it was announced that he would be taking on his first acting role, starring in the stage musical Memphis in the lead role of Huey Calhoun, which would run until October.

In March 2016, he announced a summer tour to promote his fourth studio album, expected to be released in 2017. He also released a live album to accompany the concerts.

In November 2017, it was announced that he had signed a deal with Sony Music with him stating that he has taken full creative control of his music.


  • 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.


Studio albums

  • Letters (2011)
  • The Fire (2012)
  • Porcelain (2013)
  • Intimate and Live (2016)
The X Factor UK Winners
Steve BrooksteinShayne WardLeona LewisLeon JacksonAlexandra BurkeJoe McElderryMatt CardleLittle MixJames ArthurSam BaileyBen HaenowLouisa JohnsonMatt TerryRak-Su
Series 7 Finalists
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