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X Factor winner Ben Haenow: 'I haven't been to bed yet'


Ben Haenow

Ben Haenow

Ben Haenow

X Factor winner Ben Haenow said he has not slept since his triumph - and is still coming to terms with his win.

The 29-year-old van driver from Croydon said the win had still not sunk in and explained: "I think it will take a couple of months before that happens."

Speaking on ITV's Lorraine programme this morning he said the experience of being in the show had been "incredible".

He told presenter Lorraine Kelly he had no sleep overnight since he triumphed over fellow finalist Fleur East.

"I sat in bed for an hour like that - literally thinking 'what just happened?'," he said.

He pointed out the contrast between the audience he has attracted on The X Factor and some of the crowds he pulled while he tried for many years to get a break with small gigs.

"We've played a lot of pubs and clubs and we didn't have a great turnout of people," he said.

Haenow said the low point was when just one person attended a show.

"I think they got there accidentally. I don't think they turned up to see us. They had a good time whoever they were."

Although he has a round of promotion to push his winner's single Something I Need, which was released after last night's show, he expected to get a short break next week.

"I think I'm going to get a couple of days off over Christmas. Just relax and get back and see my family and have some good food."

He added: "The experience over The X Factor has been incredible and the people who work on The X Factor work so hard to make that show. I can't thank everybody enough."