Matt Cardle has spoken of his ‘shock’ after being crowned the winner of this year’s The X Factor.

The 27-year-old former painter and decorator 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.

“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.”

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

“She (Rebecca) 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.”

Asked if he thought he was going to get the Christmas number one with his single When We Collide, he said: “I really hope so, I really, really hope so.”

Asked on Daybreak about reported criticism he has made about contestant Wagner, and alleged remarks about 17-year-old Cher Lloyd, Matt said: “I was a bit more vocal maybe than I should have been about my thoughts as to certain contestants.

“I think he was slightly misunderstood, Wagner, people were voting him in, he was not voting himself in, at the end of the day.

“As far as Cher is concerned, she was just amazing, for her age, she was just incredible.”