X Factor winner Matt 'numb with shock'

Former painter and decorator Matt Cardle spoke today of his "shock" after being crowned the winner of this year's X Factor.

The 27-year-old said he still felt "numb" after the announcement of his victory over fellow finalist Liverpudlian Rebecca Ferguson in a closely fought contest.

"It was so shocking that it made me numb straight away and I have not really got the feeling back yet," he told ITV1's Daybreak.

"I am still in a bit of a spin about the whole thing."

He added: "I said to someone earlier 'it will probably sink in next Christmas when I watch somebody else win and I say oh, I did that last year'. It is just crazy."

Cardle, from Colchester, Essex, paid tribute to Ferguson and to One Direction, the five-piece boy band who were third place runners up.

"She (Ferguson) is literally one of the sweetest girls you could ever ask to meet in your life," he said.

"She is amazing. One Direction, I feel for them, they worked so hard, so hard for the entire show, they both deserve everything."

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