X Factor UK Headlines for 12/18/16

Matt Terry spent the week doing the media rounds post his XF win. He says he is not dating Freddy Parker, but he and his “little bro” are moving in together. SYCO signs 5 After Midnight. Saara Aalto is still in talks with Sony’s labels.

MATT JOINS OLLY X Factor winner Matt Terry handed record deal with RCA instead of Simon Cowell’s Syco – and bosses want to turn him into next Olly Murs
It means Cowell will not directly guide his career at his label Syco, as he has done with former X Factor winners

WINNING the X Factor wasn’t MATT TERRY’s only victory this week.

After beating SAARA AALTO, the singer has landed another coup — a record deal with Sony label RCA.

I’ve learned that bosses want RCA to look after Matt’s career in order to turn him into the next OLLY MURS, who is also signed to the label.

It’s an interesting move as it means SIMON COWELL will not directly guide his career at his label Syco, as he has done with former X Factor winners LITTLE MIX and JAMES ARTHUR.

A source revealed: “Simon and Sony have had a think and believe that Matt is very much an artist in the mould of Olly Murs.
Read more: The Sun

Matt Terry – When Christmas Comes Around (Official Video)

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BBC Radio 1 – Matt Terry guests on Nick Grimshaw’s Morning Show
‘My little brother was like ‘Don’t get your hopes up” Matt Terry on life after winning X Factor
‘I need to find a temperature!’ Matt chats to Grimmy about his new life since winning X Factor. Nicki Minaj insists on drinking water only at 27.5 degrees – it’s a known thing in the Radio 1 offices – what will Matt Terry’s new pop-starry behaviour be?
Matt introduces his single ‘When Christmas Comes Around’ – it only came out on Sunday, by Wednesday it’s Radio 1’s Track of the Day.

‘Dig deep’ X Factor winner Matt Terry reveals Nicole Scherzinger’s inspirational advice
‘Dig deep with songs. When I feel like I’m connected to the song the people at home are connected to me.’ Matt Terry reveals to Grimmy how working with Nicole Scherzinger and ‘going Prince’ helped him win X Factor. Matt introduces his Radio 1 Track of the Day ‘When Christmas Comes Around’.

BBC Radio 2 – Matt Terry guests on Graham Norton’s Show
Matt Terry – The X Factor winner on his time on the show and his debut Christmas single

Matt Terry guests on Capital FM
WATCH: Matt Terry Just Revealed He Might Have A Little Crush On One Of The Little Mix Ladies
WATCH: X Factor Winner Matt Terry Calls In Sick To His Old Job & It’s Hilarious
WATCH: “That’s So Creepy!” – Matt Terry Sang For Us Live, But It Didn’t Sound ANYTHING Like The X Factor!

WATCH: Matt Terry Finally Addresses Those Rumours About Him And Freddy Parker!
The X Factor winner revealed all to Heart’s Jamie Theakston and Emma Bunton about him and Freddy Parker.
Read more: Heart FM

Matt Terry talks Ed Sheeran, Nicole Scherzinger & plays ‘What U Singing?’
X Factor winner Matt Terry stopped by KISS Breakfast to talk The X Factor, his connection with mentor Nicole Scherzinger. Plus he discussed his winner’s single which has been written by Ed Sheeran and what Honey G is really like.

But who will ‘What U Singing?’, it’s Matt & Rickie vs. Melvin and Charlie.
Read more: KISS FM UK

1883 Magazine: Matt Terry
After spending the past 4 months in the X Factor bubble, Matt Terry has been crowned as this edition’s grand winner. It hasn’t even been a week since the results have been revealed, yet Matt’s debut single When Christmas Comes Around written by Ed Sheeran has already made number one in the iTunes chart.

It seems like Matt is rocketing to stardom right before our eyes and the year to come will surely see the singer make his mark on the music industry. We caught up with the X Factor champ just after his big win and here’s his take on it all.
Read more: 1883 Magazine

‘I’m going to have some fun’: X Factor winner Matt Terry says he’s firmly focused on himself… after being brutally dumped seven months ago
He told MailOnline on Monday that he has no desire to embark on a relationship, as he wants to focus on his budding career instead.

But X Factor winner Matt Terry has admitted that he is open to ‘having fun and meeting people’ during his rise to fame.

The heartthrob, 24, told The Mirror that he wants to prioritise himself and having a good time now his three-year relationship with Jasmine Avis – which spurred him on to audition – has come to an end.
Read more: Daily Mail

EXCLUSIVE ‘She’s happy doing what she’s doing and that’s what’s most important’: X Factor winner Matt Terry gives Honey G his full backing as rapper bags surprise record deal
X Factor winner Matt Terry has given his full backing to Honey G – despite potentially going head to head with the polarising former contestant for the coveted Christmas number one.

The former waiter, 24, is odds on favourite to top the festive chart with his debut single, the Ed Sheeran penned charity track When Christmas Comes Around.

But its release comes as self-styled rapper Honey – real name Anna Georgette Gilford – reveals she has bagged her own, potentially lucrative record deal with Simon Cowell’s Syco.
Read more: Daily Mail

X Factor winner Matt Terry is being very gracious about Honey G releasing her single so close to his
“I’m happy she’s got a record deal.”
X Factor winner Matt Terry will be fighting a fellow finalist in the charts sooner than anyone expected when Honey G releases her first single this Friday (December 23) – but rather than being bitter about the face off, Matt insists that it’s no big deal.

“I’m happy she’s got a record deal,” he told the Big Top 40 radio show today (December 18) after his first release ‘When Christmas Comes Around’ entered the charts at No.3.

And that graciousness extends to Honey G’s shock appearance on the X Factor final last weekend (December 11). He said: “She’s smart – she took the opportunity to promote her single, she’s got brains.”
Read more: Digital Spy

FLIRTY Matt Terry flirts up a storm with X Factor co-star
X Factor winner Matt was spotted cuddling up to Four of Diamonds singer Caroline Alvares at celebrity bash
MATT Terry put rumours to bed of a relationship with Freddy Parker last night – by flirting and cuddling up to Four of Diamonds singer Caroline Alvares.

The X Factor champ, 23, sparked rumours of a gay relationship with his co-star Freddy, 18, after eagle-eyed ITV viewers spotted the pair sharing a secret smooch during the final episode.

But Matt confirmed that he’s interested in women at the X Factor wrap party at Mimi’s Private Members Club as onlookers spotted the star getting “handsy” with the brunette singer, 19.

A source told The Sun: “Matt hasn’t been too bothered by all the chatter that him and Freddy are in a secret relationship and has instead been putting in a lot of effort to win over Caroline.
Read more: The Sun

‘Never have and never will!’ X Factor champ Matt Terry vows to stay away from drugs to avoid dark side of fame as he embarks on new career
He may have triumphed in this year’s X Factor, but Matt Terry has pledged he will not have his head turned by some of the temptations of fame.

The Bromley born star, 23, who was crowned the 13th winner of the ITV singing series over Finnish act Saara Aalto last week, is more focused on his starry new career.

Crediting the people surrounding him and his own good judgement, Matt adamantly stated: ‘I’ve never ever done drugs and I never will.’
Read more: Daily Mail

‘I ain’t cursed bro’: Former X Factor winner James Arthur hits back at Matt Terry after singer vowed to stay away from drugs to avoid pitfalls of fame
Matt Terry insisted he would ‘never’ turn to drugs and vowed to stay grounded following his X Factor big win last weekend.

And 2012 winner James Arthur appears to have taken offence at the new show champ’s comments, taking to Twitter to defend himself on Saturday.

The Say You Won’t Let Go singer has been candid about his addiction to marijuana and prescription pills to treat his crippling depression after he parted ways with show boss Simon Cowell’s label Syco in 2014.
Read more: Daily Mail

Matt Terry gets a rousing reception as he takes to the stage for his first live set since winning The X Factor… after revealing plans to move in with close friend Freddy Parker
He’s enjoying the first flourishes of a burgeoning pop career after winning the latest series of long-running talent show The X Factor.

And Matt Terry was given a taste of what to expect over the coming months as fans crammed into London nightspot G-A-Y to catch his first live set since beating Saara Aalto to the winner’s crown last weekend.

The former waiter, 23, received a rousing reception as he took to the stage for a performance of his debut single, the Ed Sheeran penned charity track When Christmas Comes Around, on Saturday evening.
Read more: Daily Mail

Pictures from Matt Terry’s first post X Factor live gig at G-A-Y: ChrisJepson.com

‘Bring on the man cave!’ X Factor champ Matt Terry announces he is moving in with fellow contestant Freddy Parker… one week after denying THOSE kiss rumours
They’ve hit the headlines this week thanks to their budding ‘bromance’.

And it would seem that last week’s X Factor winner Matt Terry and close friend – and former co-star – Freddy Parker are going to be roommates.

In a series of excitable tweets on Saturday, 18-year-old Freddy posted that he was ‘Home hunting in LONDON!!!!’
Read more: Daily Mail

BROTHERS IN ARMS X Factor winner Matt Terry moving in with ‘little brother’ Freddy Parker a week after denying romance claims
The X Factor champion is moving in with his best mate from the show
X FACTOR winner Matt Terry and Freddy Parker are moving in together.

The friends – who have denied rumours of a relationship – are stepping up their bromance and moving in together in London just weeks after Matt won the ITV music competition.
Read more: The Sun

‘They’re completely head over heels!’: X Factor finalists fear their secret gay romance could end their popstar dreams before they’ve even begun
The two male X Factor finalists involved in an alleged gay relationship are worried their careers could suffer if they go public, according to reports.

It has been claimed the pair first became romantically involved at judges houses and continued their partnership through the live shows.

A source told the Daily Mirror: ‘When the pair locked eyes on each other they completely fell head over heels.
Read more: Daily Mail

Simon Cowell snaps up X Factor finalists 5 After Midnight for record label
X FACTOR finalists 5 After Midnight are set to sign with Simon Cowell’s record label Syco.

The deal is a major vote of confidence for the trio because they only finished third in the vote.

It shows Simon thinks Kieran Alleyne, Nathan Lewis and Jordan Lee are the act with the potential to earn him the most money.

The contract now makes Matt Terry signing to RCA appear like he was snubbed by King Cowell – which he basically was.

Although the official line was that RCA was better suited to Matt’s type of music (probably a true statement), if Simon really wanted him he would have signed him regardless.

To rub salt into Matt’s wounds, even Honey-bloody-G managed to land herself a contract with Syco.
Read more: Daily Star

X Factor’s Saara Aalto close to signing ‘big record deal’ as she heads to the studio
Sia, Lady Gaga and Kate Bush will apparently all be heavy influences.
Looks like this year’s X Factor runner-up Saara Aalto is pretty close to signing a record deal.

The Finnish native, who blew audiences away with her Adam Lambert duet during the show’s final at Wembley, snapped a picture of herself in a recording studio earlier today (December 16).

And sources say she’s closing in on a “big record deal” with a “major label”. So that’s her Christmas present sorted.
Read more: Digital Spy

‘It’s somewhere in the future’: X Factor runner-up Saara Aalto admits she’s pushing back her wedding to Meri Sopanen to pursue music career
She fell at the final hurdle on the X Factor, having won a legion of fans over in both her native Finland and the UK.

And it seems that Saara Aalto is ready to capitilse on her rapid rise to fame, as she admitted her career is taking precedence over her marriage plans.

Quizzed on her next move, the pop hopeful, 29, skirted around the issue of marriage plans with fiancée Meri Sopanen, simply saying they’d wed ‘somewhere in the future’.
Read more: Daily Mail

X Factor’s Honey G is cool in grey activewear as she heads to London studio to film her first music video… after confirming record deal with Simon Cowell’s label
She bragged about securing a record deal with Simon Cowell’s label Syco – right before the winner of X Factor was announced.

And Honey G still looked cool as a cucumber as she headed into the studio to film her first music video in London on Tuesday.

The 35-year-old eccentric rapper sported graphite sweat trousers with a light grey jacket layered with a black bubble coat as she made her way inside.
Read more: Daily Mail

When I say Honey, you say G-litter! X Factor reject goes festive in a dazzling disco jacket as she joins stars at panto night… after filming her music video
She’s been busy filming her first music video following her signing to Simon Cowell’s label Syco.

But Honey G took a moment to enjoy her newfound fame when she shone at the opening night performance of Cinderella in London on Wednesday.

The 35-year-old rapper wore a shimmery jacket zipped tight as she attended the show at London Palladium.
Read more: Daily Mail

WATCH OUT X Factor novelty act Chico Slimani warns Honey G if her single flops it’s ‘see you later’
The talent show’s original comedy crooner tells Honey G to ‘strike while the iron’s hot’
X FACTOR novelty act Chico Slimani has made a stark warning to rapper of the moment Honey G telling her that if her debut single flops it will be “see you later”.

The X Factor 2005 star, 45, shot to fame after coming in fifth place and later releasing hit single It’s Chico Time.
Read more: The Sun

THAT’S A RAP, HON Honey G hits out at ‘trolls’ and dreams of MOBO awards after becoming first X Factor finalist of 2016 to release single
The rapper said the deal she’s made with Simon Cowell’s company Syco has changed her life and spoke of hoping to one day win a MOBO award
FOR the last few weeks, millions of HONEY G “haters” around the country scoffed at the idea she would have any career outside of Butlins following this year’s X Factor.

And they grimaced when she claimed on live TV during Saturday night’s final that she had become the first finalist to secure a record deal with SIMON COWELL to release a single.
Read more: The Sun

The X Factor final: It’s finally been revealed who the judges thought would win from the very start
Most were Team Matt right from the beginning.
After a sensational final, Matt Terry was crowned winner of The X Factor 2016. But now one other very important question has been finally been answered: Who did the judges predict would win?

In case you need reminding, right at the start of the live shows, the four judges were asked on The Xtra Factor who they thought would go on to win the whole competition and write the names in sealed envelopes.

Well now, after the grand final, those envelopes were finally opened…and it seems like even from the beginning the judges loved Matt.
Read more: Digital Spy

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Olly Murs – Years & Years (Official Video)

‘You changed his life and she wanted to thank you’: Johannah Deakin’s widower reveals heartbreaking words she penned for Louis Tomlinson’s ‘amazing’ 1D fans before her death
Louis Tomlinson’s mother Johannah Deakin penned a message for fans before her death.

The mother-of-seven passed away last week after a secret battle with leukaemia and asked her husband Dan Deakin to share her farewell with her son’s ‘amazing’ supporters after she passed away.

Dan took to Johannah’s Twitter page to write: ‘Hi, it’s Dan. Johannah asked for me to send this afterwards.
Read more: Daily Mail

Was THIS the moment Cheryl and Liam Payne fell for each other? Couple’s flirty dancing on last year’s X Factor captured on leaked video footage
They have been dating for less than a year with a baby on the way.

And leaked video footage, taken from last year’s X Factor final, may have pinpointed the moment Cheryl and beau Liam Payne fell for each other.

Cheryl – then a judge on the hit ITV show – is seen wearing a red dress and touching Liam on the arm, while the One Direction star briefly rests his hand on her waist.
Read more: Daily Mail

‘I’m 100 per cent certain we will!’ Liam Payne insists One Direction WILL reunite… after saying he’s ‘happiest he could be’ ahead of fatherhood
Liam Payne insists One Direction will return at some point in the future, despite its various band-members signing lucrative solo record deals.

The hugely popular group went on hiatus at the beginning of the year following a non-stop six year schedule of back to back tours and album releases.

But Liam, 23, remains confident that the four remaining band-members will pone day return to the studio.
Read more: Daily Mail

‘It’s a therapy session’: Zayn Malik reveals songwriting helps ‘alleviate what’s on his mind’ as gets candid in rare live radio interview
He has cancelled several solo performances due to his struggles with anxiety.

But Zayn Malik got candid during a rare live radio interview in America on Tuesday.

The former One Direction star, 23, spoke about his upbringing, his musical influences and how songwriting eases his negative thoughts during a candid chat with New York DJ Elvis Duran.
Read more: Daily Mail

‘Looks like him, right?’ Harry Styles’ fans go wild as first promotional poster for World War II epic Dunkirk reveals character with back to camera
An initial teaser gave fans a brief taste of what to expect from director Christopher Nolan’s forthcoming release back in August.

But a first official promotional poster for World War II drama Dunkirk has prompted feverish speculation about one of its more recognisable ensemble cast-members.

Embracing a theme common in many of Nolan’s promotional missives, the poster focuses on a moodily lit character with his back to camera while staring out at something – this time the fiery chaos that followed the defence and evacuation of British and Allied troops from mainland Europe.
Read more: Daily Mail

Gunfire, explosions and Harry Styles! Dramatic new Dunkirk trailer sees the One Direction star DROWNING in the Channel as the Germans and allied forces do battle
It begins with the bodies of fallen soldiers bobbing in the English Channel.

And the dramatic new trailer for Christopher Nolan’s war epic Dunkirk doesn’t let up from there as the film’s star-studded cast deliver noteworthy performances.

Harry Styles takes a prominent role during the two-minute clip, with the One Direction singer on the cusp of drowning in one dramatic moment.
Read more: Daily Mail

Jade Thirlwall flaunts her cleavage in a plunging blazer as she joins leggy Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Little Mix bandmates in New York… after being slated AGAIN for their skimpy outfits
They recently came under fire yet again for their skimpy stage ensembles.

But Little Mix seemed to have put the controversy behind them as they headed into the SiriusXM Studios in New York on Wednesday.

Cosying up together as they posed for snaps, the foursome – Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards – seemed in great spirits on the day.
Read more: Daily Mail

HE’S INTO YOU! James Arthur tries to woo pop princess Ariana Grande by performing her song asking her to ‘slide into his DMs’ during concert
The crooner brought his fans in to his scheme to win the US beauty over
JAMES Arthur tried to recruit his fans into a plan to win over the heart of songstress Ariana Grande during a concert on Friday night.

The 28-year-old pop star – who has been celebrating a whirlwind comeback year – made his confession of admiration during his concert at the Metro Arena in Newcastle.

Seizing his opportunity, he asked his fans for their help to get Ariana to ‘slide into his DM’s’ (privately message him on Twitter).
Read more: The Sun

EXCLUSIVE: ‘I can’t help myself!’ Louisa Johnson reveals determination to put cruel trolls in their place… after ‘amazing’ boyfriend Daniel Elliott was mirthlessly mocked on social media
She hit headlines in October when she lashed out at trolls for mocking her beau.

And feisty Louisa Johnson, who has been dating Daniel Elliott for a year, exclusively revealed to MailOnline that she is determined to put keyboard warriors ‘in their place’ when faced with harsh words online.

The 18-year-old X Factor winner spoke ahead of the launch of a giant M&M’s wall at the refresh of M&M’s World in Leicester Square on Wednesday, where she looked sensational in a chic double denim ensemble.
Read more: Daily Mail

Louisa Johnson flashes her bra in a quirky white boiler suit as she attends Liverpool Christmas concert
She’s been doing the rounds of Christmas concerts around the UK.

And Louisa Johnson, 18, was putting in an appearance at the Radio City Christmas Live event, held at The Echo Arena in Liverpool on Saturday.

The X Factor 2015 winner was dressed to impress in a quirky stage costume, daring to be different in a white boiler suit.
Read more: Daily Mail

‘You’re going to be honorary UNCLES?’ Lorraine awkwardly grills Reggie ‘n’ Bollie on their pregnant pal Cheryl as they reveal they are in regular contact
Lorraine Kelly grilled former X Factor stars Reggie ‘n’ Bollie on their pregnant pal Cheryl when they appeared on her show on Friday.

Talking about their new single, she fished for gossip on the singer, who has remained silent on her baby news, hoping to get some answers.

She said: ‘Cheryl was a really hands on mentor when you worked together on X Factor. Do you still keep in touch?’
Read more: Daily Mail

Former X Factor star Aiden Grimshaw is banned from the roads after being caught at twice the drink drive limit when he drove away from a gig singing at his local golf club
A former X-Factor singer has been banned from driving for 20 months after he was caught at twice the drink-driving limit when he left a gig at his local golf club.

Aiden Grimshaw, 25, who appeared on the hit show in 2010 along with One Direction, was breathalysed in Blackpool after his VW car was seen parked at an angle on a grass verge.

He had been playing at the golf club [that was not named in court], where he drank two and a half pints.

He had parked his car there and did not know whether he could leave it overnight.

He decided to move it but his battery went flat and so he had to pull onto the grass in Forest Gate, where police found him at 1.35am on November 28.
Read more: Daily Mail

‘Nicole works so much harder than Cheryl’: Louis Walsh reignites explosive feud with the singer as he claims last year’s X Factor was ‘s**t’
His cheeky but cutting one-liners have added fuel to his long-running feud with Cheryl.

And Louis Walsh took yet another swipe at the pregnant singer, 33, as he claimed Nicole Scherzinger ‘works so much harder’ than she did as an X Factor judge.

The Irishman, 64, who returned to the ITV show’s panel this year, added that last year’s X Factor was ‘s**’ in a scathing interview with Heat magazine.
Read more: Daily Mail

IT’S ON Sharon Osbourne WILL return to X Factor next year – but may face a backlash from her talk show bosses in the US
The outspoken X Factor judge is set to head back to the ITV show but could face a dressing down by producers across the pond
SHARON OSBOURNE is set to take part in next year’s X Factor but might have a hard time telling her US talkshow bosses.

The former music manager, 64, has previously deliberated over a return to the show but sources have confirmed it’s set to go ahead.
Read more: The Sun

Tyler Brown named Syco Music MD as Sonny Takhar departs
Fresh from securing Syco’s 30th No.1 album in the UK, Sonny Takhar is leaving the building.

As long rumoured, the popular British exec is off to start a new entertainment venture based in Los Angeles.

Takhar was named President of Syco Music by Simon Cowell in 2010, following six years as MD of the firm’s TV and music businesses – the latter being a partnership with Sony Music worldwide.

Together, Takhar and Cowell have achieved more than 400m record sales at Syco, across artists such as Ella Henderson, Fifth Harmony, Il Divo, James Arthur, Labrinth, Leona Lewis, Little Mix, One Direction and Susan Boyle.

Syco celebrated its 30th UK No.1 album last month when Little Mix’s Glory Days became the fastest selling album by a UK girl band since The Spice Girls’ Spiceworld in 1997.
Read more: Music Business Worldwide

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The Official Charts
1. Clean Bandit – Rockabye (feat. Anne-Marie & Sean Paul)
2 Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson – Just Hold On
3 Matt Terry – When Christmas Comes Around
7 James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go
10 Little Mix – Shout Out To My Ex
16 Zayn & Taylor Swift – I Don’t Wanna Live Forever
23 Little Mix – Touch
24 Louisa Johnson – So Good
61 Little Mix – Oops (feat. Charlie Puth)
67 Fifth Harmony – That’s My Girl
91 Leona Lewis – One More Sleep
97 Niall Horan – This Town
98 Kelly Clarkson – Underneath The Tree

1 Michael Ball & Alfie Boe – Together
3 Little Mix – Glory Days
5 Olly Murs – 24 HRS
19 James Arthur – Back From the Edge
41 Little Mix – Get Weird

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