Matt Cardle: X Factor was a compromise

Matt Cardle claims he ''massively compromised'' himself to appear on 'The X Factor', as a lot of the things he was forced to do for the competition ''didn't sit right'' with him

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Matt Cardle

Matt Cardle claims he "massively compromised" himself to appear on 'The X Factor'.

The 'When We Collide' singer - who won the ITV1 show last year - admitted a lot of the things he was forced to do for the competition "didn't sit right" with him, and he "can't wait" for the 'X Factor' winner's label to disappear.

He said: "I massively compromised myself for 'X Factor'. I wore yellow trousers and sang Katy Perry's 'Firework' for f***s sake! Singing pop songs without my guitar and covered in make-up didn't sit right.

"I hear people in the street saying, 'There's the guy that won 'X Factor'. I can't wait for that to just disappear."

Despite his criticisms of the talent series - which saw him perform his new track 'Run For Your Life' on Sunday night's (09.10.11) show - Matt admits the programme taught him "a lot" about himself.

He added in an interview with Look magazine: "I think I'm a better person than I was back then. 'The X Factor taught me a lot about myself'."

Meanwhile, this year's contestants - including Kitty Brucknell, Misha Bryan and Rhythmix - are to perform tracks based around the theme of "love and heartbreak" this Saturday (15.10.11) as they prepare to face the public vote for the first time in the competition.

An insider said: "The theme will allow contestants to show their more vulnerable side."

Matt Cardle

The 2010 X-Factor winner plays pop rock sounds.

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