Hit Matt Cardle one more time, folks, this singer is the new X Factor champion!
The aspiring singer, whose story of working as a painter appealed to British fans, was mentored by Dannii Minogue throughout the competition.
He was voted the winner on last night's finale, which was the most-watched in series history, earning over 19 million viewers at its peak and making it clear why Fox is importing this smash to America next year.
Will Cardle become the next Susan Boyle, a European artist who rides the wave of his reality show success to worldwide fame? Listen to him cover a Britney Spears classic here and decide for yourself: