Cardle: Little Mix worthy winners
Matt Cardle has said that Little Mix "deserved" to win this year's X Factor final.
The chart-topping singer, who won the X Factor last year, has been watching the series and reckons the girl group are the worthy winners of the competition.
"Out of the two that were left standing they definitely deserved it. A great act has won this year," the 28-year-old said.
But Matt insisted Marcus Collins and Amelia Lily shouldn't feel bad about coming second and third respectively.
"I think that anyone who gets as far as the live shows should be proud of themselves because of how many people enter the competition, and to get even to the last 12 is amazing," he added.
Matt - who has started to record his second album - admitted the judging panel didn't need its sweeping changes, following the departures of Simon Cowell, Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole.
"I didn't think they needed a shake-up in the first place and I don't think they need another one. It will be good to have them settle in a little bit.
"Simon and Louis and Cheryl and Dannii had four years or something to settle in, just leave as it is," he said.
And Matt insisted he won't be shaking off his X Factor association anytime soon.
"I don't want to shake off the tag. The show's great. I'm proud of where I got my break."