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Monday 23 September 2019

X Factor bows out with second smallest audience for a final in show’s history

This year’s winner, Dalton Harris, said his victory ‘hasn’t sunk in’.

X Factor judges Robbie Williams, Ayda Field, Louis Tomlinson and Simon Cowell (Ian West/PA)
X Factor judges Robbie Williams, Ayda Field, Louis Tomlinson and Simon Cowell (Ian West/PA)

By Ian Jones, Press Association

The X Factor bowed out on Sunday night with the second smallest audience for a final in the show’s history.

An average 5.5 million viewers saw Dalton Harris win the competition, according to overnight ratings.

The audience was up 300,000 on last year’s final, but down a million and a half on the equivalent figure in 2016.

This year’s final enjoyed a peak audience figure of 7.5 million viewers, which ITV said is a 500,000 increase from 2017.

Harris beat Anthony Russell and Scarlett Lee to claim a recording deal with Simon Cowell’s Syco Music.

The biggest ever overnight audience for an X Factor final came in 2010, when a massive 17.2 million saw Matt Cardle beat Rebecca Ferguson and One Direction.

Meanwhile, Harris said his win on the show – featuring judges Simon Cowell, Robbie Williams, Ayda Field and Louis Tomlinson – “hasn’t sunk in”.

The Jamaican vocalist told ITV show Lorraine: “I’m still not able to feel anything.

“It’s just crazy.”

The singer, who grew up in poverty, said of his background: “It lets me know there is no room for error.”

Harris had wowed on his first audition, with an emotional performance that saw judges Field and Tomlinson take to the stage to hug him.

Cowell had told him: “Good things are going to happen from this.”

His winner’s single, The Power of Love, also featuring James Arthur, is currently at the top of the UK iTunes singles chart.

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