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WELCOME MATT.. DUBLIN PLAYS HOST TO X FACTOR WINNER AND WE TALK TO THE SINGER ABOUT LIFE AFTER HIS WIN By DEMELZA DE BURCA.

Byline: DEMELZA DE BURCA

MORE people tuned in to see Matt Cardle win The X Factor than watched William and Kate tie the knot. But now the former Essex odd-job man is hoping to move away from the shadow of the reality TV circus.

So what happened after his big win in 2010? Well, the 28-year-old received a EUR1.2 million recording contract with Syco Music, and his debut number one single When We Collide (a re-titled cover of Biffy Clyro's Many Of Horror) sold 439,000 copies in its first week to become the Christmas No1.

Before his gigs in Dublin next week Matt spoke to The Beat about everything from his love life to Master of Mean Simon Cowell and the healthy competition with his X Factor buddies One Direction.

DEMELZA: So Matt you've a smash hit debut album Letters under your belt, how's life been going for you? MATT: It's going really well.

Letters has gone Platinum in the UK and it's Gold here which is absolutely amazing.

D: So you're undertaking your first big tour, we know you're used to gigging, having travelled the country with your old bands Darwyn and Seven Summers, but this time the venues, along with the fan base, will be bigger.

M: I cannot wait to gig but I'm nervous if it will go down the way I want it to go down. y Platinum in the here which is g. ertaking your know you're used travelled the old bands Darwyn ers, but this time with the fan r. t to gig but ill go down to go down. it will but I rossed. ple to go y preferred I'm pretty sure it will but I have my fingers crossed.

I just want people to go away thinking they preferred that version then the album version. the album Singing live is where it's at for me, there's no other feeling like it. I just hope that people who have bought the album want to come and see where it's at other st hope ave want PUBLIC'S Dannii Matt Factor December the show. I've got a band made up of mates I've known for along time, so there will be great energy, a great vibe and no gimmicks, just a real rock show.

D: You made a big impact with X Factor fans winning the highest vote percentage every week bar one on the show, can you tell us how you felt when you won? M: I think it was one of those times when you just can't believe it. It's almost like time slows down and you kind of slow down to try to take it all in.

D: So you've been a bit sharptongued about the X Factor since your departure are you making efforts to distance yourself from it? M: Not at all. The X Factor is definitely something that I embrace - I'm in no rush to brush it off because it's where I got my break and I owe a lot to the show.

D: Your X Factor buddies One Direction have exploded, is there any rivalry between you guys? yy guys? M: The rivalr ugm M: There's no rivalry between us at all. It's a completely different genre of music. They are a teeny bopper band, a boy band that just flies.

ar bo a th fli be ge pr wg You have to be a moron to get that project wrong. You've got five great looking kids, singing and writing great pop songs. It's a lswg CHOICE: Minogue and celebrate his X victory in 2010 bit different with me, obviously I'm a bit older. I'm a singersongwriter, in a band.

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D: Do you have much to do with Simon Cowell and Dannii Minogue now? M: Simon is busy, he's in the US. ve much to do well and ue now? busy, But I stay in touch with Dannii, we meet when she's in the UK and emails and stuff. She's real sweet."

et the s s D: So this one is for the ladies - are you in love? M: I'm with someone about a year now - she's not famous.

D: So what's next after the tour, are you writing new material? next after the riting new M: I'm writing all the time - it's nice to be able to write.

ng all the time - it's to write.

one of my best was hoovering - l the lyrics were my head. It when I least reat. I have to ook with me all lways have a ecord function I've written one of my best songs while I was hoovering - and literally all the lyrics were going round in my head. It happens to me when I least expect it, it's great. I have to keep my notebook with me all the time and always have a phone with a record function on it.

e plays mpia Theatre ch 19 and Matt Cardle plays Dublin's Olympia Theatre Monday March 19 and Tuesday March 20. Tickets priced EUR29.90 - EUR39.05 available at Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

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PUBLIC'S CHOICE: Dannii Minogue and Matt celebrate his X Factor victory in December 2010 IN DEMAND: Matt Cardle performing in Portsmouth earlier this month
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