X Factor winner Matt Terry won't be joining Simon Cowell's record label
The X Factor winner Matt Terry has gone against the grain by signing with Sony Music's RCA label.
The 23-year-old was named the victor of the ITV competition on Sunday, beating Saara Aalto to the crown. But while the previous series' winners have all been snapped up by music mogul and show judge Simon Cowell's Syco label, Matt has instead opted to sign with RCA.
But Simon isn't holding a grudge about the move - apparently giving Matt his blessing to go in a different direction.
"Simon and Sony have had a think and believe that Matt is very much an artist in the mould of Olly Murs,” a source told The Sun newspaper. "And to that end, they both believe he should be a label mate of Olly’s on RCA. Everyone is thrilled with Matt’s victory and how brilliantly the winner’s single is doing."
A spokesperson confirmed to the publication: "Matt Terry is now part of the Sony Music Family."
Matt's debut single When Christmas Comes Around, written by Ed Sheeran, is already climbing up the charts and looks like a strong competitor for this year's Christmas number one spot.
Simon had previously vowed to Matt that he would back him "100 per cent", telling him and runner-up Saara after the winner was announced: "I want to say to both of you, you came into this final as good artists and you’ve ended as great artists. The thing I’m most proud about, about this show, is seeing Little Mix and some of these other artists tonight, what they’ve done with their lives and this is why we make this show. You are now part of that chapter."
Voting statistics released by ITV showed that Matt came top in the first show of the series, and four other programmes, while coming in second or third in five other episodes. The final saw Matt crowned the winner after getting 48.5 per cent of the vote, compared to Saara's 40.4 per cent.