Matt Terry
Matt Terry
Contestant Profile
Birth Date 20 May 1993
'Age 24
Hometown Bromley, London, UK
Occupation Former waiter


Category Boys
Mentor Nicole Scherzinger
Placement 1/12 (Winner)

Matthew James "Matt" Terry (born 20 May 1993) is an English pop singer from Bromley, London who won Series 13 of The X Factor.  He was part of the Boys category mentored by Nicole Scherzinger.


He was originally a member of a trio called Far Too Far with the brother of former JLS member Marvin Humes. They went to the US to meet with label bosses in the hope of securing a deal but failed to do so. They later split up.

The X Factor

He successfully auditioned for the judges in London, impressing them with his rendition of Ben E. King's "Stand by Me" and successfully made it to judges' houses in the Boys category mentored by Nicole Scherzinger. She decided to pick him as her Top 3 for the live shows.

As the live shows got underway, bookies installed him as the favorite to win the series.  With the eliminations of Freddy Parker in Week 2 and Ryan Lawrie in Week 7, he was the last remaining member of the Boys category.

After Saara Aalto's performances in the semi finals hewas no longer the bookies' favorite to win. Following mediocre performances he landed in the Bottom 2 alongside Emily Middlemas but was voted through to the final 3-1 by the judges.

During the first night of the final he performed against Saara Aalto and 5 After Midnight and also duetted with his mentor.  He safely made it through to the second night along with Aalto. He was crowned the winner with 48% of the vote, marking Nicole Scherzinger's second win as a mentor. In a series first, only he as winner sang the winner's single. Voting statistics released following the show revealed that he topped the vote six out of the ten weeks.


"When Christmas Comes Around" cover


Episode Theme Song Result
Audition Free choice "Stand by Me" Advanced
Bootcamp Group performance "See You Again" Advanced
Six Chair Challenge "When I Was Your Man" Advanced
Judges' houses Free choice "She's Out of My Life" Advanced
Week 1 Express Yourself "You Don't Own Me" Safe (1st)
Week 2 Motown "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" Safe (1st)
Week 3 Divas "I'll Be There" Safe (1st)
Week 4 Fright Night "I Put a Spell on You" Safe (2nd)
Week 5 Girlband v Boyband "I'm Your Man" Safe (1st)
Week 6 Disco "Best of My Love" Safe (3rd)
Week 7 Movies "Writing's on the Wall" Safe (1st)
Week 8 Louis Loves / Contestants' choice  "Secret Love Song" Safe (3rd)
Week 9: Semi Finals Christmas / Songs to get you to the final "Silent Night" Bottom two (3rd)
"Say You Love Me"
Week 10: Final Free choice "Take Me Home" Safe (2nd)
Celebrity duet "Purple Rain" (with Nicole Scherzinger)
Song of the series "Writing's on the Wall" Winner
Contestant's Choice "One Day I'll Fly Away"
Winner's single "When Christmas Comes Around"

Post The X Factor

Following his victory his winner's single was released with all proceeds donated to the UK charities Together for Short Lives and Shooting Star CHASE. On December 14, it was announced that he has been signed to RCA Records, making him only the second winner after Matt Cardle not to sign to Syco Music. Two days later, the single entered the UK charts at #3 and is the second-lowest selling winner's single to date ahead of Louisa Johnson's winner's single. It fell to #8 during Christmas week making it the second winner's single to miss out on the top spot. On 30th December, the song fell further to #20 in the UK and dropped to #50 in Ireland in the same week in December. The song dropped out of the Irish Charts on 7th January, while falling 76 places to #96 in the UK that same week.

In June 2017, he featured on a cover version of Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" along with several other artists, including fellow X Factor artists Leona Lewis, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, James Arthur, Ella Henderson and Louisa Johnson, which was recorded to raise money for those affected by the Grenfell tower fire in London earlier that month. The single reached #1 after only two days sales.

The following month, it was reported that he would be featured on the UK release of the Enrique Iglesias single "Súbeme La Radio", which was released worldwide in February. It peaked at #10 on the UK charts.

In October, he released his first solo single since his win called 'Sucker for Love". It charted at #83 in the UK - the worst performing follow-up single for a winner since Steve Brookstein's follow-up single - before it eventually peaked at #55. He returned to the X Factor stage during to the quarter final stage to perform his new single 'The Thing About Love' and confirmed that his debut album 'Trouble' would also be released on November 24. The single entered the UK charts at #51. On December 1, the album charted at #29 on the UK charts - the lowest entry for any winner's debut album to date.


Studio albums

  • Trouble (2017)


As featured artist

The X Factor UK Winners
Steve BrooksteinShayne WardLeona LewisLeon JacksonAlexandra BurkeJoe McElderryMatt CardleLittle MixJames ArthurSam BaileyBen HaenowLouisa JohnsonMatt TerryRak-Su
Series 13 Finalists
BratavioEmily Middlemas5 After MidnightFour of DiamondsFreddy ParkerGifty LouiseHoney GMatt TerryRelley CRyan LawrieSaara AaltoSam Lavery

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