This year’s X Factor winner Matt Cardle has asked people not to hate his single just because it’s affiliated with the show.

Speaking to Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on This Morning, Matt admitted that he didn’t think there was much he could do if opponents of the show launched a campaign to keep his cover of Biffy Clyro’s Many Of Horror (When We Collide) off the top-spot this Christmas.

Matt said: “I think it’s beautifully written and I think it’s such a great track and I don’t want the public to hate on it because it’s affiliated with The X Factor.”

When question about the possibility of alternative Christmas singles he said: “You’ve just got to take everything in your stride. There are people out there that are going to do that, so just let them, if that’s what they want to do.”

Speaking earlier on ITV1’s Daybreak, Matt said he was still numb from his victory, admitting he expected Rebecca Ferguson to take this year’s crown.

“I thought Rebecca was going to get it, to be honest, once One Direciton went.

“It was so shocking that it made me numb straight away and I have not really got the feeling back yet. 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’s just crazy.”

He also said he now needs to buy his mentor Dannii Minogue a present, “She’s off home soon, so I need to find the girl a present.

“I just haven’t had the time or the money to do it. Though yes, I hope I’ll have a bit of money now!”